Is running the best cardio exercise for weight loss? I have 3 stone to lose and would also like to get mega fit, also any recommendations on how to get started with the training
TBH for weight loss you ll struggle to beat cycling, you can do it for so many hours assuming you go at the correct speed and if you are heavy you dont have to worry about impact injuries, such as knee injuries. A 3 hour cycle on a saturady morning toghther with 2-3*1hr intense rides during the week and you ll be flying. just be careful not to eat loads extra to compensate when you feel tired. if you do feel hungry eat the right foods
Consistent running/jogging over a few months and you'll have no problem losing weight. Consistency is the thing, no point in just 1 or 2 days a week. But important to remember to start low and go slow. If you haven't run before, start by walking 20-30mins 3/4 days a week, gradually increasing the distance, frequency and intensity as the weeks go by. The big mistake is to do too much too soon - your body won't be used to it and you'll just risk getting injured and demoralised. Stick with it though and you'll be amazed at the difference it'll make to you (If you can stay motivated over the winter months). Good luck
The main key to weight loss is your diet. Exercise will do you no good in this regard if you eat too much. I've found running every second day with 3 nice meals a day to work perfectly for me. Good luck
Running is only second to cross-country skiing for weight loss. Cycling comes a bit down the list, but as kennyb3 says its kinder on the joints.
I'd say your talking in terms of calories per hour? but you have to compare how long your average cyclist spends training to your average
I'd spend up to 15hrs per week training to be cycling fit but only 6 hours or so running.
That's a good reason to go running so!
Is 1 hr running equal to 3 - 4 hrs cycling for burning calories? Hence running is more efficent as a weight loss exercise. (Disclaimer - I may be completely wrong about that, scampers off to google it)
I think 1:4 is the often mentioned ratio of miles run to miles cycled, but not in terms of calories.
Depend whether you like the wife or not
yes you are completely wrong!
Thanks, your comment has been very helpful and amusing
OP you asked where you could start. The 'couch to 5k' program works, here's a link:
I'm not qualified to say whether its the best or not at losing weight but lose weight you will if you put the training in. In the year when I ran my first marathon I lost more than 3 stone so its definitely achievable. Hardest days are at the start but once you get the willpower sorted and your goals in order you can do it. I've been running regularly since 2004 and my weight is a hungry looking 68 kgs. As for getting started, little by little and build gradually is key. My first slow jogs were probably around 20 mins duration and I built slowly but surely from there. Best of luck.
Can i just add OP that you should do whatever sport you are likely to enjoy most, as you are more likely to stick with it. I love both running and cycling, but not cycling in the winter and hence concentrate fully on running over the winter.