Running is one of many cardio work outs. I enjoy it..although at a slow gentle pace to protect knees. Ortho surgeon told me the young runners keep him in business as their knee replacements in their 40's and 50' s.
I agree with many of the sentiments on this thread. Ultimately, weight loss is about calories burned versus calories consumed, and the form of exercise is largely irrelevant. Running is no more and no less effective than any other form of exercise that burns the same number of calories.
Running does get your heart rate up and create additional fitness benefits. But running is hard on the body, and it can take a while for your body to adapt to the stresses and impact of running. When starting out you may well be able to exercise more intensely and burn many calories with a lower impact form of exercise (eg. cycling, elliptical).
That said, running is a very natural form of exerise and requires no special equipment, and many people feel a strong feeling of accomplishment from running.
Ultimately, the best form of exercise is one that you enjoy, as this makes it more likely you will stick with it in the longer term. If you think running is for you, go for it. If you think another form of exercise suits you better, then do that instead.
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I like running; I run over 25 miles a week. I want to point out that running is hard on your body. My $.02: if you just want to burn calories consider something like walking or swimming, where the chance of injury is way smaller.
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Weight loss is 80% nutrition, but running will certainly help - that is IF you enjoy it and stick with it and create a calorie deficit (that isn't too large)
Running and cross-country skiing have been found to burn more calories per hour than other exercises, according to charts and reports I have read on it over the last four decades that I have been running/jogging.
I was bulemic during my early twenties, and I discovered that if I ran long and far enough, I could burn off the "binge" calories that I would eat. Since I was below my ideal weight, people thought I was eating too little, when in fact, I was eating to much. It didn't show because I would run for 1- 2 hours ( 6 - 13 miles) seven days a week. I eventually grew to love the running, listening to nature outside, seeing lovely views, and being alone or in a group run.
I also got into counseling and discovered the inner source of my need to overeat. One major problem became solved with wise counsel and support, while I learned to love jogging along with many other kinds of physical activities and sports. It worked out well!
To lose (not loose) weight, one needs to burn more calories than they consume, while still eating enough to maintain and get through a day, which requires more than 1200 calories. (Sorry, starving yourself won't help you lose weight the safest way!)
Based on personal experience, I would recommend running/jogging as a way to lose weight faster than with other activities which burn fewer calories per hour. But it has a qualifier, you have to actually do it consistently. If you hate it and won't do it, it won't work! After 40 years of running/jogging, my cardiologist and orthopedic surgeon have both agreed with me from the vast benefits the activity grants. In November 2011, my doctor told me that I have the heart of a teenager! My sister tells me I have great legs, and it was nice to have a flat belly (until I went through menopause as I am now age 55).
Running is great. To start, I recommend the Couch - 5K program found through a google search. It guidance give directions so you don't do too much too soon.
But if you aren't going to run, find some activity that you actually will commit and follow through with.
Remember that losing weight starts in the kitchen and the table. weight loss is 80% what we eat, and 20% of the exercise component.
Choose your activity, but choose one that holds your interest and that you will return to again and again. I recommend jogging, but it is not for everyone. You can give it a try and see how it goes for you. Any healthy person with no injuries can run.
Be safe out there! Best wishes....n16351
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No, it won't. For those can and enjoy running, it's a good calorie burner, and can be fun to stick with, but because you lose weight because of your diet, it is only one kind of cardio amongst many.
The best kind of exercise is the one that you DO.
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
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Running can only help a person lose weight IF you create a caloric deficit. So, if you're burning more calories than you take in, eventually you will lose weight.
When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.
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