Running is probably the most ‘in’ sport these days, with running events held almost every Sunday for the next two months. Yep, running calendars are full!
Running not only makes you ‘in’ (if that’s the reason why you do certain things). It’s also a great way to lose weight. In fact, running at 9 kph (5 mph) for an hour will burn about 560 calories.
Studies have shown that high-intensity exercises such as interval sprinting burn fat more than aerobic exercise. It’s how I lost five pounds last year! Read my blog entry on interval sprints here.
There is no quick weight loss – I’ve learned that the hard way. If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, it’s going to take a bit of hard work. 😉
For the past two (going three) years, I was able to achieve most of my fitness goals – I’ve stuck to my fitness regimen (well, for the most part, anyway); I did not go back to my old weight (whew!), I’ve taken up a sport (running… Well, kinda).
But there’s just one goal that remains to challenge me – getting rid of the last five pounds!
Read the rest of the entry.
Sometime ago, ephedra diet pills were recalled due to adverse side effects that were experienced by users. Now they have been reformulated and claim to be safer. Would you still take the risk? I am for natural, long-term methods of weight loss. I have learned through experience that diet pills do not effectively work to keep weight off in the long run.
There must be hundreds of reasons why we should run. These are a few of mine:
1. Running is so convenient. You can do it anytime you want and anywhere there’s space to run.
2. It is considerably more affordable than other sports. All you really need are basic running shoes that give adequate support and comfortable clothes. No other equipment needed.
3. Anyone can run. Of course, there are proper ways of running, and training should not be taken for granted. However, anyone can easily learn how to run, unlike other sports. Case in point: I have been trying to learn how to swim for the longest time, but… I really just cannot. Boohoo. But running? Though I am a work in progress, at least there is progress to speak of. 😀
4. It’s a great way to lose weight. For beginners, start with a run-walk regimen. Forget fad diets and supplements such as glucomannan weight loss pills.
5. The runner’s high is really something else. After running, I feel great, exhilarated, energized, even refreshed. Does it sound like I am overrating the sport? Well, you got to try it yourself to find out.
Click here for part 2 of my running tips – Preparing Body and Mind.
Note: Before embarking on any exercise program or sport, make sure you get clearance from your physician.
This is the pointed question that I got from VGood this afternoon –
V: Mom, are you really blogging your way to weight loss??? (with dramatic emphasis on “weight loss”)
iMom: Yes, I think so. Why?
V (quietly, but with conviction): Liar.
iMom (almost furious): Huh?? What did you say??!??
V: How can you be losing weight when you’re sitting all day in front of the computer??
Uhhm. That makes sense. Thanks for the reminder, VGood (who, along with her cohorts, sometimes refers to me as the Computer Addict.)
(Warning: Segue ahead.)
The remark was brought on by the title of the article on Women’s Health-Philippines Magazine featuring moi – Blogging Her Way to Weight Loss. V does not concur. hahaha 😀
Did I use the best diet pills to lose weight? Click on the article link to find out. 😉
Today I realized that, two years ago, I would never have imagined myself running 5 kilometers. Back then, just going up a flight of stairs made me dizzy. My health was in such a bad shape. Looking back, I am thankful that I was able to regain control of my health. Having good health is something I am thankful for. I hope to inspire others with my weight-loss story.
So, I ran my first 5k race. And the official results are out. I was far from being last. 😀
Please read the rest of the entry at my fitness blog, Project:Fit.
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