Too Much Running, Not the Best for Weight Loss

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Menopause is a transformative phase in a our lives, often accompanied by changes in weight and metabolism. As you all know, I’m very passionate about sharing effective weight loss strategies for women over 40.

I want to share why long-distance running is not the way to achieve your body goal and strategies that proved to be game-changers in my weight loss journey.

The Muscle Matters

As we gracefully age, we experience the natural loss of muscle mass—a process that unfortunately takes a toll on our metabolism. Long-distance running will lead to further loss of muscle. But what we actually need is to build our muscle up which will result in improved metabolism.

The Metabolism Boost

Muscle is our metabolic engine, and it’s what keeps our calorie-burning furnace running hot. As it diminishes, so does our metabolism. If we engage in excessive cardio, especially when combined with a calorie deficit, we will sabotage our efforts to regain the muscle we’ve lost.

The Winning Formula

So, what worked for me and thousands of other women over 40? In place of the long, grueling runs, let’s shift our focus to High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cardio. HIIT is like a metabolic accelerator, helping us burn calories and enhance our fitness without breaking down our muscles.

By incorporating HIIT and strength training into your fitness routine, you’ll not only stave off muscle loss, but you’ll actively build up your muscle reserves. This boost in muscle mass will reignite your metabolism and supercharge your weight loss journey.

Long-distance running may have its place in our younger years but during this unique life stage, the journey to the best version of ourselves calls for a different approach.

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