Running is Overrated
Being a weight loss expert is similar to being a priest. People are always confessing their weight loss sins to you. When I am at a party, people often proclaim to me that tomorrow is the day they are going to start losing weight. I don’t mind listening because weight loss always starts with a proclamation. What I don’t like are the tactics. 6 times out of 10, the person will tell me that they are going to lose weight by eating less and running more. Everyone believes that running is the key to weight loss. I disagree. I believe that running is overrated.
Running is a great exercise:
- It burns many calories. A 150 pound person, running five miles per hour for an hour will burn over 600 calories.
- It strengthens your cardiovascular system. A strong heart leads to a long life.
- It is cheap. All you need are some clothes and a pair of sneakers. In some communities, the clothing is optional.
- You have multiple venue choices. You can run around a neighborhood, on a treadmill, up a hill, on an indoor track, on an outdoor track, up stadium steps, on the beach, or up the Rocky steps in Philadelphia. The list goes on and on.
- You can even run to build relationships. There are social networks all about running. They have magazines, websites, forums, social groups, and dating services dedicated to running.
Dr. Kal Does Not Run
There are a multitude of running benefits. Running is great. However, I don’t run. I have never run and I will never run. I don’t run because:
- Reason #1 – Running can be very hard on your knees. However, so can being overweight or obese.
- Reason #2 – I don’t like running
I am a firm believer in not doing exercises that you do not enjoy doing. It amazes me when people who despise running, force themselves to do it. I think they believe that running is an acquired taste like beer.
Choosing an Exercise
I understand the fascination with running. There are not many activities that offer all of the benefits that running can. However, you can only reap these benefits if you actually do the running.
If you dislike an exercise, you will not do it regularly. To lose weight and keep it off, you must find an activity or exercise that you see yourself doing over the long haul. You will burn more calories running than walking. However you will burn more calories walking three hours a week than you will running one hour a week.
To lose weight and keep it off you should increase your activity. However, that activity need not be running. Experiment with different activities, find one you like, and do it as often as possible.