Running to Get Fit; Try It, Here Are Some Tips to Get Started

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Recently I have been signing up for marathons and this year I got the guts to sign up for half marathon happening in June 2011. Are you interested in learning more about running for weight loss? The concept is actually simple: Running is good for us, and can help us lose weight.

But most people are not in ideal shape to simply go out there and begin running. Trust me I know because I have been there. If you want to implement running for weight loss into your weight loss and exercise program, here is some tips that might just do the trick.

Begin by creating a walking and running schedule that we are comfortable with. Break it into a six week program, a twelve week program or even an eighteen week program as needed. Once we know how long our walk / run program is going to last, the next step is to design a plan that we will be comfortable with. Here is an example of a walking and running program for weight loss –

Week 1: Walk / Run 3 times a week, such as on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for example.

Trip 1 – Alternate between walking for 1 minute and running for 30 seconds.

Trip 2 – Alternate between walking for 1 minute and running for 30 seconds.

Trip 3 – Alternate between walking for 1 minute and running for 30 seconds.

Week 2: Walk / Run 4 times a week, such as on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for example.

Trip 1 – Alternate between walking for 2 minutes and running for 1 minute.

Trip 2 – Alternate between walking for 3 minutes and running for 2 minutes.

Trip 3 – Alternate between walking for 2 minutes and running for 1 minute.

Trip 4 – Alternate between walking for 3 minutes and running for 2 minutes.

Week 3: Walk / Run 4 times a week, such as on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for example.

Trip 1 – Alternate between walking for 5 minutes and running for 3 minutes.

Trip 2 – Alternate between walking for 8 minutes and running for 4 minutes.

Trip 3 – Alternate between walking for 5 minutes and running for 3 minutes.

Trip 4 – Alternate between walking for 8 minutes and running for 4 minutes.

This process would continue with logical progressions based on how much time we spend walking and how much time we spend running, until we end up at the desired results. An example of our final week of our plan may look something like this –

Week 12: Walk / Run 4 times a week, such as on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for example.

Trip 1 – Alternate between walking for 10 minutes and running for 10 minutes.

Trip 2 – Alternate between walking for 12 minutes and running for 12 minutes.

Trip 3 – Alternate between walking for 10 minutes and running for 12 minutes.

Trip 4 – Alternate between walking for 10 minutes and running for 12 minutes.

By now, we would be running or jogging quite a bit, meaning that we are in much better shape than when we began. Because a walked mile is approximately 15 minutes and a mile we run is 10-12 minutes or less, we can expect to be doing several miles per week following this schedule, and losing plenty of weight in the process as you get into better shape!

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