I'm going to start running everyday. What is the best strategy for losing the most weight with this. Like slow in the begining to warm up, then how long should I do that for, and then how long should I be doing a faster pace at? How long do you think it will take for me to see a difference in how I look?
Go for a light warm up for however long your body needs, and then take it easy and do some light stretches or what works for you. Personally, I keep the warm up run fairly short (although I longer warm up is far more important if you haven't been doing it for a reasonable amount of time on a regular basis since you're more likely to pull something), about one minute, and then I do a few minutes of stretching where I hold around 12-25 sec a stretch and don't stretch too hard.
The way I started running, I was going until I was extremely tired by the end and I wouldn't stop unless I had such severe cramps that I couldn't keep running. This was mainly because I joined track and field with the school and I'd never practiced running on my own or with the school before (went into mid-long distance). That was only last year in the spring. Right now, my runs are nothing compared to what I was doing before, considering that it's too cold for me to run very far (-25 C isn't a great temperature for running). I started by running about 8k (approx. 5 miles), although I don't know if you're going to want to do that or not. Part way through the track season I had bad shin splints from it. After school ended, I ran during the summer, although not as often as I had before. When fall came I joined the cross country running team, and after going through another cycle of pushing myself extremely hard I was constantly getting severe cramping/burning pains in my sides and midsection when I ran too hard. That hasn't happened to me since winter came and I ran less, although I haven't had nearly as many challenging runs.
You probably don't want to push yourself to the point where it hurts since you're not trying to train yourself to match up to the people who've been running for alot longer than you. For general health and weight loss, I'd push the distance that you go, but make sure not to push yourself faster than you feel you can go. Take breaks if you need them, and go for a long warm up. Do alot of stretching afterwards, particularily for your calves (helps to avoid shin splints) and upper legs. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don't eat meals that contain too many fats right before you run (hard to digest, may give you cramps). I've lost about 15-20 pounds since last christmas (I used to weigh just under 170, at the end of the fall I was about 148~, now I'm 152). Running is a great way to improve your health: it'll help you to lose weight, increase your metabolism (happens with exercise), and improve strength/endurance and flexibility in your legs and midsection.
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