Thoughts from a broken mind
By Malia Frey
If you’re not a runner, but want to become one, today is the perfect day to start. June 1st is National Running Day. Running is a great way to build cardiovascular endurance, burn calories, and decrease your stress level. Chances are good that you already know how to run. But do you know how to run to lose weight?
Running for Weight Loss
The thing about running that intimidates many new joggers is the intensity. But you don’t have to sprint every time you head out for a run. You should vary your exercise intensity each day to get the best result. Take it slow in the beginning and wear a heart rate monitor or use another method to measure your workout to make sure you don’t overdo it.
The other element of running that turns of some exercisers is the stress on your joints. To minimize your risk of injury, be sure that you take recovery days after each run when you are first starting your plan. On a recovery day, you participate in a non-weight bearing activity, like cycling, to give your body a rest, but still burn calories from exercise.
Get more tips for starting a running plan, or any summer shape up plan by visiting the Summer Shape-Up Guide, a comprehensive list of diet, exercise and health tips from About.com experts.