Running for Weight Loss: Open to All Ages
Running is a very effective and rewarding type of exercise for weight loss. Going at a 12 minute mile pace burns between 470 to 745 calories per hour, depending on your body weight. Combined with a healthy eating plan, running has taken millions of people on a rewarding road to fitness and weight loss.
However, running is not always an easy sell. The high level of cardio activity can turn people away, especially those new to exercise. For those considering their age as an inhibiting factor, research shows that among marathon runners, age doesn’t matter.
Researchers at the German Sports University Cologne reports no significant differences in the marathon finishing times of people between the ages of 20 and 50 and the times for runners between 50 and 69 slowed only by 2.6 to 4.4 percent per decade. The researchers report that “Senior athletes are able to under control a high degree of physiological plasticity late into life”. According to Running USA, the median age of marathon runners has risen to 40 from 34 for men and to 35 from 31 for women since 1980.
Marathons have grown so popular over the years that in addition to be used for weight loss, it now even considered a life goal for many people. Although the idea of completing such a daunting and admirable feat is sometimes what it takes to get people in the game of running, it should not be the only reason to start a running program.
Marathon running can be very challenging, even grueling, and is not for everyone. People new to exercise need to be careful and begin slowly in order to receive the long-term benefits of running and to avoid injury, and even burnout. Many towns and cities across the U.S. have running clubs that are open to all levels. The support and added social aspect is a great way to find and sustain motivation for your weight loss and running goals.