Welcome to Miss Fit–a weekly advice column from someone who is a bit of a non-conformist when it comes to health and exercise. Today, she responds to questions about losing weight and belly fat through running. With so many of us trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, Miss Fit has received a number of questions about the best ways to lose those extra pounds. Find out what she thinks!
Dear Miss Fit,
I have a goal to lose 30 pounds before summer. Since the beginning of the year, I have only lost five pounds though, which is depressing! I am thinking of trying running to lose more weight. Is that a good way to burn more calories?
Absolutely! Running is one of the quickest and most effective ways to burn calories. Depending on how much you weigh and how fast you run, running burns about 100 calories per mile, on average. Work your way up to five or six miles three to four times a week, and you will have a very effective weight-loss tool. Assuming, of course, that you don’t over-indulge on food for the rest of the day, saying, “I can eat this brownie because I ran six miles today.” Many runners (including Miss Fit) have done that! Good luck.
Dear Miss Fit,
No matter what I do, I cannot seem to lose these extra inches of belly fat. I use weights to tone my arms and legs, and I ride the stationary bike at the gym twice a week and try to walk for at least 20 minutes a day, but it’s not working. Any advice?
Yes, you need more cardio. Twice a week on a stationary bike and walking 20 minutes a day is not going to cut it if you really want to ditch that fat. The best way to burn more fat is through higher-intensity exercise, like running. Also, varying your exercise routine makes a big difference in burning fat. Run hills one day, sprints at the track another, 3 miles one day, six miles another, etc. You get the idea. Routine and low-intensity workouts are the enemy when it comes to belly fat!
Dear Miss Fit,
I see runners and bikers on both sides of the road all the time. What side should we be on?
Good question! Not only is this a pet peeve of many runners, walkers and bikers, but it’s also a major safety issue. Here’s what the law says: Runners and walkers should always go against traffic (preferably on the shoulder) and bikers should always ride with traffic (still obeying all traffic signals). And just because you’re on the “right” side of the road, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Always be on your guard by listening and looking for cars around you.
Have a question? Send us your dilemmas about feeling like a misfit when it comes to eating, fitness, going to the gym or dealing with yoga bitches, and Miss Fit will take a turn at answering them. With 10 years of trying to be a better athlete and testing her willpower at every turn, while coaching others to do the same, chances are she’s heard it all before and can share some wisdom.
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