A journal study done by researchers from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those who run for exercise lose more weight than those who walk. Running, unlike walking, forces you to adopt a different posture. When you increase your forward momentum, foot strike, pelvic position, arm swing and knee lift take more effort to maintain. And even though your dog has four paws instead of two swinging arms, you'll both burn more calories.
When you start a new running program, go at a pace that you can maintain. Don't worry about your speed—going slow is fine. The key is to keep moving. If you can only walk at first, that's okay. The goal is to stay with it. Eventually, it'll get easier and your pace will increase as you get into better shape.
When you lose weight, it's important to be honest with yourself. One way to keep yourself truthful about what you've accomplished is to keep a record of every workout. This will help you stay on track with physical evidence of what you've done.
You and your training partner will be much happier once you start to see real progress. The goal is to improve your health and be happy. Excuses and dishonesty should be avoided.
Two ways to stay committed to your weight-loss goals are to keep a calendar and to start counting your steps.
Your calendar should be in a place where you'll see it everyday. There are tons of weight-loss smartphone apps that can help you with this. Set an alert on your phone to review it everyday.
Many of these same apps also have options to count calories and how many steps you take each day. Counting steps can be a huge boost in weight loss. When you focus on mileage, improvement can take time. When you break your exercise down into steps instead, small gains are easily measured. It's also more encouraging than judging speed and distance when you're just starting out.
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Here a few apps that count steps and calories:
- Go Pedometer
- iTreadmill Pedometer
A good goal is to increase the number of steps you take by 10 percent each week. You'll be surprised how much you start to enjoy the challenge. It's also measurable, provides a goal that isn't impossible to reach and can be a positive way to continue to strive for more. The increased activity will make your dog just as happy.
As you improve your number of steps per day, you'll begin to see results in weight loss for you and your dog. Remember, the key is consistency, honesty and accountability. Your goals are right around the corner.
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