How to Run to Burn Fat

How to Run to Burn Fat
Back in the 1970s, LSD was popular amongst fitness enthusiasts. In case you're too young to remember the 70s, in this case, LSD stands for Long Slow Distance; not the hallucinatory drug developed by Timothy Leary. Back then, it was believed that low intensity long duration running was the best way to burn fat. While this sounded good in theory, eventually, people began to wonder why the marathon runners from the back of the pack had seemingly high body fat. In recent years studies performed at the University of South Wales showed that interval training can burn more fat than long, slow distance.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to Run to Burn Fat

Things You’ll Need:
  • Running shoes Running clothes
  • Running shoes
  • Running clothes
Step 1
Begin with a five minute warmup run, performed at a moderate pace.
Step 2
Run as fast as you can for 60 seconds.
Step 3
Follow your fast interval with 60 seconds of running at an easy pace.
Step 4
Perform six intervals which alternate between 60 seconds of fast running with 60 seconds of slow running.
Step 5
Cool down with five to ten minutes of slow running or walking.

Tips & Warnings

Beginners can substitute walking for running during the slow intervals.
Wear proper running shoes Stay hydrated during hot weather
Wear proper running shoes
Stay hydrated during hot weather

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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