In regards to running, you need not worry about bulking up, as running actually uses fewer muscle groups than say, biking (at least in the lower body). And even if that were the case, the cardio benefits as well as the bone strength you recieve from running far outweigh the 'con' of bulking your legs up (which, like I said, shouldn't happen anyway).
As far as suppliments go, they are a good idea, but nothing really replaces the nutrients you get from food, so it's awsome that you are incorporating healthy foods into your diet. That being said, a multivitamin will not hurt, and is sort of like an insurance policy (especially on those bad eating days we all have every once in a while).
Thanks for the input! I really appreciate how responsive everyone here is. You're right about how many articles there are on here. It's almost overwhelming! Thanks again and good luck with your own goals!
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You know what I think? If u love to run and u feel good doing it go for it!! and I have seen runners legs they are sexy and look muscler without being hugh[sp]. It is good cardio workout for u to do, I can't bad lungs so I do a walking dvd that I love doing, and it is helping me and my body look and feel better. As for supplements I don't think they help only vitamans and lots of water! Good luck
Hi, welcome to sparkpeople and to our group. The website has so much to offer - I suggest getting into it gradually so you don't overwhelm yourself or burn out.
You've got some tough (but good) questions! I don't claim to have 100% right answers, but here's what I think.
Measuring - I'm not really sure. I measure my wait/hips/neck/thigh and just recently got a body fat test done. Except for the body fat, I don't really know what's "ideal". For the body fat, there are several charts online plus one they gave me with indications of what I should aim for given my goals (which are to be "athletic" as opposed to "average").
Running - All the runners I know have nice legs, so I'm not sure about running making anything worse. Running is a great cardio workout - I think it's one of the more efficient ways to burn calories, especially if you push yourself every now and then. If you run on a treadmill, don't always do the same thing, and don't keep the pace the same the whole workout. If you go outside, don't always take the same route... Your body will get used to whatever you do on a regular basis and your heart rate won't go up as high and you won't burn as many calories. Give yourself something knew - a little faster, more or even just a different pattern of hills, etc. -- that will get your heart rate back up.
Vitamin supplements - I take a one-a-day vitamin pill for women. I also try to watch things every once in a while, because the best source of these things is from your food.
There tons of SparkPeople articles on all of these topics if you go to the resources section, you can find out more information (and, for example, which foods are good sources of which vitamins).
Welcome once again, I hope you enjoy the site as much as I have!!
Hi! I'm new to Spark People and I'm still testing the waters. I have some questions and wanted to see what other people think. In addition to weight goals, how do you quantify where you want to be? I've found that inches is a better way for me to measure my progress than pounds (otherwise I don't think I'd ever really see progress), is this a good way to measure a goal? If so, how do you figure out what dimensions would be ideal for you? Is running really a good form of cardio? I love to run, especially once I get into good cardio shape and can enjoy it (I'm FINALLY at that place after about two months). I've had friends tell me cardio will bulk me up and make my problem-area legs even worse. My biggest area is my butt/legs, and I'm worried that my favorite form of cardio (running) could be making them worse, not better. Finally, how important do you think supplements/vitamins are? I don't take any, and it seems like any celebrity interview lists about 10 that they take a day. I do try to incorporate good things (like tomatoes, green tea, salmon) into my diet as much as I can. If supplements really help, how does a person go about figuring out which ones are right for them? Thank you so much to anyone with answers. I feel like the more I learn, the more questions I have! Hopefully I'll be able to answer other people's questions too! :)
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