Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Don't Jog, Sprint!


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Contrary to popular belief, running for 5 miles a day is not going to help you lose that much fat. Running long distance helps increase lung capacity and endurance. Which are both very beneficial, and you should run long distances occasionally. Or you can do it another way, more on this at a later date. But for now, here's a few reasons why you sprint, not jog. 

It Builds Fast Twitch

The body has two types of muscles, fast twitch and slow twitch. Fast twitch provides a large burst of energy for a short period of time. Slow twitch provides a steady flow of energy for a long period of time. Here we are trying to train fast twitch muscles and burn fat. Here is a brief summary of a workout.

Time: 30 minutes
Intensity: 85%
What to do: Run as fast as you can for 60 seconds. Take a 60 second break. Continue doing this for the 30 minute period. If you are just starting, do not push yourself too hard. Get used to it first.

You Get To Keep Muscle

Running for very long periods of time and distances can have a counter affect if you are on a muscle building routine. After running for 30 minutes, your body starts to go into a state where it actually begins to tear down the muscle. Need less to say, this is bad. So instead of running for a few miles. Do some sprints.

Burn More Fat, Longer:

The harder you work your body, in a short period of time, the more fat you will burn, and for longer. This happens because you shock your body into a state where it must burn fat to make up for the energy lost during the intense workout.

So get up, get out, and remember, don't jog, sprint!

Dedication is Everything.

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