If you want to lose weight, you may want to look at how sprinting can help. Sprinting pushes your body hard for a short period of time in such a way that it can actually be more beneficial than running a steady pace for 30 minutes.
Same Old Routine
If you look around you at the gym you may notice that people you’ve seen at the gym for quite awhile, including you, look the same as they did months ago. It may be time to switch something up and start working out smarter instead of longer. That’s where sprinting comes in.
Why Use Sprinting for Weight Loss
Some people might hear the word sprinting and think that it’s not something they can do. Sprinting means running as fast as you can for a short distance. Everyone is capable of sprinting, just don’t compare yourself to an Olympics sprinter.
A sprint is pushing your body to a fast speed for a short distance. If you truly are sprinting, you shouldn’t be able to maintain the speed for much longer than a minute. The benefit of sprinting for weight loss is that you push your body to your anaerobic threshold and get your heart rate elevated. When your heart rate is elevated you burn calories and lose weight.
Because sprinting pushes your body into the anaerobic phase of a workout, it will help you to continue burning calories for hours after the workout is complete. If you’re only doing aerobic workouts, your body does not continue to burn calories after you’re done.
How to Use Sprinting for Weight Loss
You can sprint for weight loss at a gym, a track or on the street. One of the great things about running is you can do it anywhere.
It is always important to start off any workout with a warm up. During the sprint portion of the workout, you need to push your body as hard as possible for that short period of time. After each sprint you need to have an active rest period where you jog or walk, to help your body recover and get ready for the next sprint. During the entire time of the workout you need to be moving, even if it’s just walking.
If you work out at a gym, start off on the treadmill. To do sprints on a treadmill, increase your time to a fast run for one minute, then slow down to a jog or walk for one minute. Continue alternating your sprint with a jog for the duration of your time on the treadmill.
At the high school track you can run a 100 meter dash, then jog for 200 to 300 meters, whatever your body needs to be able to sprint 100 meters again. Repeat this about 10 times to get results.
The Goods on Sprinting
Sprinting is a great way to elevate your heart rate and burn more calories long after your workout is complete. Incorporating sprinting into your workout also helps keep you interested in your workout, and keeps it fun.