Why running sucks… and causes you to gain fat

Have you ever gone to a “big box” healthclub or gym? They are filled with treadmills and cardio machines. And you see infomercials and ads for ellipticals and treadmills, to help you lose weight. You see skinny people running, and it seems like what you need to do to drop a few pounds.

But I have news for you.

Running, while not a bad thing, is not a good way to lose weight. In fact, if you run too much and don’t fuel your body properly, your body can go into a fat-storage, “starvation” mode that actually causes you to retain and even gain fat.

I can’t tell you how many frustrated clients come to Fit Moms For Life having tried the long bouts of cardio… There is a much more effective way to trick your body into getting and staying in a fat-burning mode, and it takes much less time than running!

Burst training is the key—very short, very high intensity intervals of any cardio exercise, followed by a short period of rest. In order to do this right, you should work as hard as you can at whatever you are doing (running, swimming, burpees, biking, etc) for an interval of 10-60 seconds, followed by a rest interval that is 1-4 times as long as your work interval. Repeat these intervals 6-8 times and, in less time than a 20 minute run, you will raise your metabolism and put your body into a fat burning mode for the following 48 hours.

If you are a runner, biker, etc, this kind of training will improve your long-distance speed and endurance. Burst training is very effective, but it is not even close to the most important strategy to get your body into a long-term fat-burning mode.

You will learn more about that soon…

We’ll share that in our upcoming LIVE webinar on July 24, telling you more about burst training and how it can fit into a highly effective workout plan that takes just 20-30 minutes, 3 days per week.

Join us on July 24 at 8pm Central to learn how to maximize your workouts in a minimum amount of time, and keep your body in fat-burning mode!

Sign up here—space is limited!

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