I started running and exercising many years ago. My reason was simple – I lost weight quicker if I burnt off the calories. I had a daily allowance and if I did exercise I got ‘bonus’ calories. I ran because it burns off most calories per hour! It was not the best hour of my day, but it was not the worse and I always enjoyed the calories that I gained. I still had to count the calories but running and working out with my personal trainer certainly helped me lose the weight.
Once I got to maintenance I still enjoyed the extra calories that running gave me and so I continued and started entering some races. I am not fast and probably will never be challenging for the podium places but I do enjoy the banter on race day and I tend to run faster than when running on my own.
Then disaster struck - earlier this year I got fasciitis which is a foot injury of the tendon in the foot. I could not run for nearly 2 months!! I could do some training but no running. I knew that I generally enjoyed my running, but until this time I had not realised how much the endorphins that are released in running helped me deal with life’s every day ups and downs. I had read about how running and exercise in general does help but not really appreciated it, until it was taken away. It was a really tough couple of months.
When I started running again I found that I could deal with the everyday challenges of life much easier. I was surprised at the difference, and my attitude to my running has changed. It is now a joy that is an essential part of my life. So now I have 2 major benefits of running
Losing weight and going forward weight maintenance is about finding the changes that work for you. They do not have to be massive. Small changes can make a big difference. And I find the benefits to be massive.
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I am passionate about helping people lose and maintain a healthy weight. These articles are partly my own experience and partly from the research. Please feel free to add comments. I love a good debate