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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Run

By Victoria Meisinger

Running is one of the best fat burning exercises out there. However, there’s always room for improvement, and you should never settle. Even a small adjustment to your routine can make a huge difference.

Here are four ways to get the most out of your run.

Run Before You Eat

A good morning workout before breakfast will actually help you burn more fat than one after a meal. This is because your body is in a fasted state and will attack more fat cells than glycogen. It also increases your metabolism and speeds up digestion, which means less of your breakfast will be taken into the body’s storage. However, if you are planning on completing a more difficult or intense workout, it’d be wise to have smaller meals before and after, or you might experience a large decrease in energy.

Run in Intervals

As human beings, our bodies were made to adapt. This helps us in many aspects, although it’s not the best assistant to weight loss. In fact this can be one of our greatest enemies and the reason so many hit a plateau in their weight loss plans.

Running in intervals doesn’t allow your body to get comfortable in one speed, which is ideal because once your endurance goes up, the amount of calories you burn go down, due to the fact that your body doesn’t need to work as hard. So you can run at your usual comfortable pace, just remember to throw in a few sprints here and there for optimal fat burning potential.

Run at an Incline

You could run for 30 minutes and burn a decent amount of calories, but imagine if you could burn more within the same amount of time and at the same pace. Seems impossible doesn’t it? Well running at a steeper incline will do just that! It’s also great on your glutes and will make that butt nice and perky. So head for the hills, or better yet, add some stairs.

Add Some Muscle

Cardio is usually associated with burning fat, while strength training builds muscle. However put those together and you have a fat burning machine. In fact the more muscle you have, the faster you’ll burn fat. Now this doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and press 100 pounds, it can just be little things that make a difference like carrying hand weights or doing 10 minutes of the plank.

It may not seem like much, but every adjustment counts and builds up over time. So don’t be afraid to change things up a bit.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bloomingdale, Ill.

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