Distance Running and Why You Shouldn’t Do It


I remember growing up, hearing people talk about losing weight.  Everyone said the same thing, “You want to lose weight?  Start getting your long distance cardio in.”  Well, if you decide to run long distances for cardio, you will lose weight, but let’s get into the reason why you lose weight, and I think you’ll see where I’m coming from.  When you run long distances, i.e. anything over 30 minutes, your body stops draining your fat cells for energy, and switches over to your lean body mass.  Here’s where it becomes a problem.  When your body decides to start depleting from your lean body mass, you’re making your body less efficient to burn calories.  Remember, your body wants lean body mass in order to burn calories at a higher pace.  Think of the body as a fireplace.  If you want the fire to burn more efficiently, you need more logs on that fire.  Your body is the fireplace, your lean body mass is a pile of logs.  When you run long distances, over an extended period of time, you will break down your lean body mass.  I’ve seen a lot of women, young and old, who go cardio crazy and can’t figure out why they’re GAINING weight.  The proof is in the pudding.  If you do nothing but long distance cardio, you’ll deplete yourself to a point where your lean body mass is low, and your fat cells take over, thus making you as soft as the aforementioned pudding.  Suggestion?  Limit the amount of distance cardio you do each week.  If it’s an absolute MUST in your weekly workout routine, try to limit it to 2 times a week, at 20-30 minutes a pop.  Mix that in with 3-4 days of weight training, and you’ll have a very stable combination that your body will thank you for as your granite statue is carved and placed in the Roman Colosseum.Any questions or comments, email me at ckurtz4@gmail.com, or you can post them directly to the website.  Thanks for stopping by!

-Chris

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