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Running is probably the oldest form of exercise known to man. Everyone knows how to run, which is why it's so appealing. Compared to other forms of exercise and sports, running is absolutely one of the most effective and efficient ways for burning calories and losing weight. The following chart shows how many calories a 160 lbs person can expect to burn in one hour.

Calories Burned During Running
(based on 160lbs person)
Running Speed (MPH) Calories Per Hour
5 581
8 981
10 1162

There are very few cardiovascular exercises or sports that can beat these numbers! Running is one of the best exercises for burning the most amount of calories in the shortest period possible, and you don't need a gym to do it. The fact of the matter is that if you don't have time to go to the gym, you probably still have time to go for a run. In many cases, the amount of time it takes to travel to the gym and back is all the time needed to get in a fat blasting run.

So by now you understand that running is the best if you're looking to lose weight. To give you a balanced perspective, running is not recommended:
  • for those with knee or lower back problems, as running is quite stressful to the lower body (but injuries are rarely permanent)
  • if you're trying to develop muscle endurance (weight training is the best for this)
  • for developing muscle mass, as running is catabolic (again weight training is best for this)
For competitive runners there are three major determinants to success, the runners':
  1. VO2 Max;
  2. Lactate Threshold; and
  3. Running Economy.
Before you start any running program, regardless if you're running for fitness, fun or competition, it's highly recommend that you get proper orthotics and stretch for 15 minutes everyday (injury prevention).

For more running training workouts, advice and information, see the articles below.

Running Training Articles

Running Training5k Training Program
Want to do a 5k race? This 10-week program will help you do just that.

10k Training Program
Follow this 8-week running program to peak for your up coming 10k race.

Lactate Threshold Explained: The Major Determinant of Your Running Success
Learn what lactate threshold (LT) is, why it's important for your running performance and how to calculate it.

Lactate Threshold Training Workouts
Workouts aimed at improving your overall speed and power output via improving your lactate threshold.

High Altitude Training For Endurance Athletes
High altitude training for enhanced aerobic fitness; increased pain tolerance; increase lactate threshold; and better recovery during and after workouts.

Nutrition For Athletes: Meal Plans
Sport nutrition information and meal plans for serious athletes.

Benefits of Drinking Water For Runners and Other Athletes
Studies have shown that just a 3% dehydration level can have a dramatic improvement in your performance. Read this article to learn everything there is to know about water and its benefits.

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