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To Run or Not To Run?
03
FEB
2016

To Run or Not To Run?

It makes sense to believe the saying “If you always do the same thing you will get always get the same results” in other words, without change no new results will be achieved.  Not everyone wants or needs to lose weight but everyone does need to stay fit if they want to have the best possible chance of living a healthy life.

If you are not happy with the way you look or feel then it’s time to start making some changes.

Change is not always easy, bad habits die hard and we often hang onto beliefs that we would like to be true but are in fact hype or myths.

One common belief is that running is the best way to burn fat.

If you already run but are not getting outstanding results then it is time to try some bodyweight cardio instead.

What is bodyweight cardio? Exercises that use only your own bodyweight and increase your heart rate.

What are the benefits?

  • Better for your joints resulting in less injury than running
  • Great for your overall strength and core conditioning
  • Excellent for your movement and mobility skills
  • Requires no equipment and very little space
  • More effective for fat loss than running and in less time

Here is a short list of exercises: If you have ever worked with me then these will be familiar!

Alternating Lunges

Jumping Jacks

Mountain climbers

Squats – all types

Punching

Press-Ups

Short bursts and a mixture of these types of exercises might well be the change you need to make.

If on the other hand you fancy taking up running…..

Not all of the benefits of running are physical.  Running can provide a noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem.  By setting and achieving small goals, you can help improve your self-esteem and that will leave you feeling much happier.

Stress

Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems.  It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality.  When you are stressed or feeling down, the last thing you are likely to want to do is to get up and go for a run!

I can tell you from experience and all the data on those feel-good hormones (endorphins) that get secreted as you exercise that it only takes a few minutes of running to improve your mood. The hardest step is always the one that takes you out of the door!

The science behind why running is so incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit is confusing so I like to think of it like this:

It is precious time to enjoy the environment that I live in.

I notice so many things that simply pass me by as I rush about my daily life.

When I get hot on a freezing cold day, I have defied the elements and it feels great!

Even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

Shocking your muscles by challenging them to something new is a great way stay on top of the game.

Enjoy whatever you decide to do and if that is attending my classes then fortunately for you I do the shocking for you!  If you always attend the same class try a different one, add another one or mix it up a bit, oh and of course, run there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Having been involved in fitness all my life but never being competitive, I was fascinated to learn how simple it is to stay in shape without entering the world of the gym fanatic or elite athlete.​ So after 17 years managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me an even greater sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

​I studied the mechanics of exercise versus shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see a change in their shape.

I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum and it is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training.

I now work from home and run my classes at Steves Gym in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and apart from loving my work I now also get to spend valuable time with my family.

tess@tessfit.co.uk​.

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