Will running faster or farther help more?
If someone is preparing to run a marathon, going farther is important. But for someone who wants to participate in a race, running faster is helpful. However, if someone wants to lose the extra fat, both forms of running will help, where the duration and the amount of work done will determine how many calories you are going to burn, says Vojhala.
“It is important to note that weight loss does not happen solely with bringing running into your regime. One needs to add a bit of weight training and couple it with the right nutrition, which will help with weight loss. Running, however, is a form of fitness routine which helps to fasten the process of burning calories and can play a role in one’s weight loss journey,” he adds.
How can running help with weight loss?
It is crucial to keep in mind that if your goal is weight loss, running will help you increase the step count. Maintain a sustainable step count in a day. Keep a step count goal, and frequent it with running, walking which helps to stay active through the day.
“The benefits of any exercise, especially running and walking, are equal for both men and women. If we go by an industry study, running and walking are associated with reducing mortality rate among individuals,” adds Vojhala.
Discipline is the keyword in starting and eventually sticking to a fitness regime. This holds true for running as well. In order to make it a habit, it is essential to start slow. It is easy to inculcate running as a habit regularly. “If one does not have a busy schedule, you can just find time for walking and running anytime of the day. You can also devote and schedule some time during the day for walking / running,” advises Vojhala.
For someone who is just beginning an exercise regime, starting with brisk walks for a certain duration is more beneficial. You can then slowly increase to running farther or faster.