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3 Reasons to Pick Up the Running Pace

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is an excellent way to get in shape, stay in shape, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It challenges the muscles, keeps your body tight and toned, and keeps your endurance in check. But believe it or not, running is something that your body can get used to. What used to completely wipe you out now only makes you slightly out of breath. When this happens, it might be time to take your run up a notch. If you’re ready to expand your run, take a look at these great reasons to pick up the pace.

Sprinting Burns More Calories

While all running definitely burns calories, sprinting may burn more faster, especially if your body isn’t used to it. Sprinting requires a quick and powerful burst of energy. It requires your body to demand and use energy very quickly, thus burning off any excess calories. Adding even a few sprints into your routine can significantly increase overall calories burned and leave you a little closer to your ultimate goal body.

Sprinting Fires Different Muscles

The muscles that you use for long distance jogging and the muscles that you use for sprinting are slightly different. You’ll still use your leg muscles as a whole, but sprinting requires the use of fast twitch muscle fibers. You may notice that sprinters often have very large quadricep muscles. This muscle group is used in high demand when you ask your legs to engage in sprinting. If you want to slightly change the look of your body or are looking to expand the muscles worked, adding a little sprinting may be all it takes.

Sprinting Taxes the Lungs

Because sprinting requires quick and powerful energy, you’ll probably notice that it makes you get out of breath quickly. The first time you sprint, you’ll definitely be sucking air. As you get more accustomed to sprinting, it may become a little easier and you’ll have to add a few reps to your routine. Either way, the addition of sprinting can expand your lung function and leave you with better endurance than ever before.

Sometimes picking up the pace in your jogging routine can make a big difference. You don’t have to give up all jogging … in fact, you probably shouldn’t. But adding a few sprints back into the mix can significantly improve your conditioning and overall physique. Give sprinting a try, and enjoy the healthy benefits that come with it.

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

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