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Is Running Mandatory for Losing Weight?

 By Genevieve Cunningham

Many of us want to lose weight. It's an incredibly common goal, and most of us need it. Of course, actually meeting this goal is a lot easier said than done. For many, attempting to lose weight just sounds hard. We have to run or sprint or at least jog, right? For those who hate running, this makes the thought of losing weight worse than ever. But what if losing weight didn't have to include any running at all? Is that even possible? If you're trying to lose a few pounds, take a look at why running may not be needed and what you can do instead.

Is Running Necessary?

Let's get straight to the point: Running isn't necessary to lose weight. Go ahead and celebrate! While running is a great way to build muscle, burn calories, and sculpt away the fat, it's absolutely not the only way. The necessary part is the exercise, the movement, and the effort. But running? You only have to do it if you want to.

What Else Works?

So many different kinds of exercise can help you lose weight. If you're a beginner, just get out and walk. Walking burns calories, builds muscle, and sculpts away fat just the way running does! You can also try aerobics, weight lifting, yoga, swimming, calisthenics, kickboxing, or anything else. If you're burning calories and working your body in a challenging way, then you're on the right path to lose weight and build a strong body.

What Else Is Important?

Exercise is definitely important, but it's not even the most important part. If you're really trying to lose weight, it's even more important to worry over your diet. Focus on fueling your body with healthy foods. Vegetables. Fruits. Nuts. Though you'll still want to exercise regularly, and it will most certainly help the process, let it be a bonus to your life and use your diet to make the biggest difference.

Attempting to lose weight is an excellent goal. It's great for keeping yourself healthy, and it will likely make you feel better about your appearance too. Luckily, you can totally lose weight without even thinking about running! Work out however you like, and the weight loss results will follow the work and the fun.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aiken, S.C.

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