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Running(9 posts)

Oct 21, 2002 10:32 PM
How do you guys feel about running in the offseason?
(no, I cant do a search, you just try searching on "running" and see what I mean)

Ive heard that running can be an extremely effective weightloss tactic. I have probably 5-10lbs to go before I will be as lean as I'd like and they are stubborn.

Also, do excercises like stair climbing and hill running help or hinder similar cycling activities (ie: climbing).

What do you think and what do you reccomend?

Offseason only?Captain Morgan
Oct 22, 2002 5:18 AM
I run all year. Of course, here in Florida there is no offseason. It is great for weight loss. When I started running about 6 years ago, I lost 15 pounds in about 6 weeks (from 175 to 160).

As in cycling, the key is to build up the distance/mileage. A 20 minute run does not burn fat. Assuming you get your heart rate up to an aerobic level, your body will burn primarily blood sugar for the first 20 minutes. Then, your body starts to look for a more effecient source of energy (i.e. body fat). At about 30 minutes, your body is burning mostly fat. Therefore, if you can get to where you can run for over 30 minutes (a 45 minute target would be nice), you would be burning fat. If you can do this for at least 3 or 4 times per week, you will see some tangible results.
re: RunningDave Hickey
Oct 22, 2002 6:04 AM
March thru October, I cycle 5 days per week and run 1 day. Now that the weather is getting cooler and wetter, I'll run 3 days/wk and cycle 3 days. For me, running is much better for weight loss. I can take off 5-10 pounds quicker running than cycling.
Balance running with cycling or spinning....wheel_mag
Oct 22, 2002 6:10 AM
the running can be a good cross training exercise to keep fittness up & to get a break from riding. Any hill work will build strength, but I won't do this alone as you'll start to condition yourself to be a good hill runner...
re:Works 4 me!theeatkins
Oct 22, 2002 6:17 AM
In the off season, I run. It takes off pounds, does great things for the cardiovascular, and I can eat MORE. I would add to the running a regimen of weight training. Abs, quads and lower leg lifts are what works for me. Good luck.
re: another runnerdzrider
Oct 22, 2002 7:34 AM
I recommend doing any exercise you like to do just because you like to do it. How much can one workout or another change your life? I'm 54 and find the best benefit of cycling and, to a lesser degree, running is that for a little while each day I'm a kid playing a game.
running and weightloss.Thaddeus
Oct 22, 2002 9:33 AM
Running is a great cross train. I usually run through the winter, combined with roller work and weights.

Those stubborn last few pounds might not come off with exercise alone. You might need to change your diet in order to maximize your effort.

For instance. MY goal was not to gain any weight over the winter. I adjusted my intake, controlled my portion size (hard to do in america) and limited my beer intake. Voila! I have actually shed pounds the last month, ahead of schedule, and am on track to meet my goals early.

running is quick and dirty . . .Geardaddy
Oct 22, 2002 11:28 AM
Yes, running is the quickest and dirtiest way to get an aerobic workout. You need to run for longer than 1/2 hour though to really attack the weight loss issue. Personally I find that biking is better for me as far as weight loss, but that's mostly an issue of time spent doing the activity. I'll often ride for 3 hours+, whereas I'll rarely run for longer than 1 1/2 hours.

The best part about running is you can do it anywhere and anytime, night and day. Hell, even running in a pouring rain is OK. Cold weather - no problem because when you run you're moving everything. I've never had cold hands or feet when running.

The worst part about running for me is that I eventually get bored, or I start encountering joint problems after a lot of it. Thus, I only do it in any large amounts in between the biking and X-C skiing seasons (basically, November and March).

Oh, another thing is to make sure you get decent running shoes, as crappy or worn out ones will likely lead to injury.
running is quick and dirty . . .Juanmoretime
Oct 23, 2002 4:57 AM
Running is the ultimate calorie burn if the intensity is there. The fast the pace the greater the calorie burn per hour. I run year around. The advantage to this is I can run anywhere, which is great if you travel frenquently for business. It's much easier to bring my running gear than it is to bring the bike, especially if your traveling includes air travel.

One important element here is weight training. Lean tissue burns calories too. A winter strength training program will go a long way to overall fitness, strength and calorie burning. Plus if you do travel, like running gear, you can usually find a hotel that has a fitness room with a weight machine or can issue you a pass to a health club so you can get your workout in.