Running for Weight Loss

Is running good for weight loss?

The old saying goes, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. It’s true, but if you have your nutrition on track and you want to accelerate your results, incorporating exercise into your regular routine can only help. And I’m not talking about a fancy gym membership, and expensive Peloton bike or, hiring a personal trainer to whip you into shape in 3 months. Just about anyone can lace up a pair of shoes and start running, or at least walking.

If you’ve considered taking up running for weight loss or even just to improve your health overall, I’d encourage you to stop thinking and start doing. It happened to me in 2010 and it’s happening again right now in 2021.

Is it better to walk or run to lose weight?

Either actually, but if you haven’t been active for awhile – walking might be a good first step.

Back in 2010 when I was severely overweight, my eating was horrible, and I hadn’t exercised in years – it all started with a walk around the block. I grabbed my dog Jester, who was about 5 at the time – and seriously craving some exercise too, and we walked around the block.


And I still remember it was hard. But then next day I did it again. And the day after that we went two blocks. And after a few days I found I was actually enjoying it. Jester was as out of shape too, but seeing him get so excited to go for a walk every day encouraged me to keep going. After a week or two, I realized he could probably use a lot more exercise so I walked him all the way to the dog park near our house. Well not, super close – it was almost a mile and a half, and it took us what seemed like forever, but we made it. And he played and played and played and had the best time.

But now we had to walk back. ha

We did and we survived and then we started to make a regular habit out of it. Not every day, but at least every few days, and not only were we enjoying it- I was starting to lose weight!

So even if you start walking and you never even graduate to running, that’s okay. Just doing that much is better than sitting around the house.

How to start a running program for weight loss?

I would recommend checking out a popular program called Couch to 5K or C25K. After I realized we could walk the 3 miles round trip on a pretty regular basis I decided I wanted to speed things up and running was going to be my thing.

The first thing I did was pick a pole up ahead and ran to it. Woof. That was hard. But I set my sights on the goal, I made it, I didn’t die, and after a few minutes of walking I picked another pole and did it again. I probably only ran to a few poles that first day but I did what any normal human does after they achieve something small and set their sights on something bigger – I Googled That Shit. And that’s where I came across the Couch to 5K program. I am not good just winging it, and picking poles didn’t sound like a good long term plan so I printed out the C25K plan and I started following it.

Here’s us in 2011 getting ready for a regular run with my runny buddy. It’s easy to get addicted once you start.

How long does it take to train for a 5K?

If you follow the Couch to 5K program, it should take you 9 weeks to be able to fully run a 5K. A 5K is 5 kilometers which equals 3.1 miles. If you haven’t worked out in awhile or have never really run in your life this might be a great place to start. But if you want to accellerate your results, incorporate weight training, and run a 5K in as little as a month – I’d recommend 30 Day Breakaway.

What is 30 Day Breakaway?

30 Day Breakaway is a running and resistance-training challenge made for rapid results.

Your goal? Complete a 5K on day 30.

You’ll lift to build lean muscle and then head out for runs with Idalis in your ear as she guides you every step of the way.

This dynamic combo of running and resistance training will help you incinerate fat as you build strength, endurance, speed, and total-body power.

Raining or snowing outside? No problem.

Just follow Idalis from your treadmill as she runs through beautiful landscapes, or substitute any run with the Rainy Day Cardio workout for a killer calorie burn in under 20 minutes.

These training sessions with a renowned track star won’t just get you a slimmer, more athletic body.

By the end, you’ll be able to say you ran a 5K — and have the results to prove it.

Where can I get 30 Day Breakaway?

30 Day Breakaway is available on Beachbody on Demand. Use this link to get an annual subscription to Beachbody on Demand including 30 Day Breakaway and dozens of other programs for only $99 per year.

You’ll have unlimited access to online streaming service to programs like P90X, 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession, FOCUS T25, LIIFT4, Transform :20, Barre Blend and hundreds of world-famous Beachbody workouts that have helped millions transform their lives. You’ll also find program nutrition guides, workout calendars, and Beachbody On Demand exclusives like Shaun Week and FIXATE, Autumn Calabrese’s cooking show that teaches you how to make eating healthy delicious.

And most of all, you’ll have me as your coach there to help guide you to completing a program from start to finish. I even have a free online accountability group where you can track your food, log your workouts, and get support and motivation from me and others who are all working to live healthier lives.

What do I do next?

In the end, we only have one life to live. Whether you decide to lace on those old tennis shoes and go for a stroll, follow me in my Couch to 5K journey, or grab a subscription to Beachbody On Demand (which averages out to $0.27 a day), I’d love to hear what you’re up to and how I can help you achieve your goals.

I’d love to hear from you