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One of the Best Cardiovascular Exercise Routines

Providing your fitness level is sufficient, running is one of the best cardio-aerobic workouts. For optimal cardiovascular benefits when running, remember that for the first 15-20 minutes the body uses stored glycogen to power your leg muscles, rather than body fat, so increase distance rather than speed. Weight loss studies indicate that runners lose weight according to distance covered, rather than speed.

How Does Running Help Weight Loss?

Running burns calories and, if sustained, burns stored body fat. It also raises our metabolic rate even after exercise. According to one weight loss study, the resting metabolic rate of middle-aged female runners stayed steady as they grew older, while sedentary women gained weight and body fat as their resting metabolisms slowed. Over a long period of time, older runners burn up to 600 additional calories per week, even at rest.

How Many Calories Does Running Burn?

Jogging burns about 1100 calories per hour. [This is based on a 150-pound woman. If you weigh more, you’ll burn extra calories; if you weigh less, you’ll burn fewer calories.]

Train in Good Running Shoes

Feet are a runner's most important asset, so invest in a good pair of training shoes. Make sure you have proper support for your individual needs.

How To Start Running

Unless you are already very fit, slowly work up to running pace. Start by walking, then gradually increase to jogging pace. When you are ready for more, start running, and aim to run longer - not faster. To be sure that you are exercising hard enough (but not too hard), monitor your heart rate as you run by using a heart rate monitor.

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