In a previous post, You Say You Can’t Run, I told you why running was so important in your weight loss plan: except ephedrine, I see no better way to get fit again, so if you combine both ephedrine and running, you can turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Most people say that they can’t run when in fact they just don’t like or don’t want to run. So I thought that a bit of motivation could perhaps decide the hesitating guys out there, hence these 12 tips mostly built on my own experience.
1. Buy Running Clothes
Even before starting, you can raise your motivation for the coming running sessions:
do yourself a favor and buy some real running clothes! We are very lucky today to find clothes that are very technical for every type of effort and weather and still cheap, due to the hard competition among manufacturers. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to spend a fortune on that, remember that the first mandatory purchase is for running shoes. The second purchase could be for synthetic socks, shorts, T-shirts etc… Feels good to start with a brand new equipment 🙂
2. Run at Work
Just refer to my last post, listing 10 benefits of running at lunchtime: in terms of time management you will transfer private time to your working day because in most cases you are stuck at work for lunch from Monday to Friday, so taking this opportunity to run at work will save you a lot of time and will come with substantial benefits, especially if your company has a wellness program. It is typically the kind of decision that people postpone when in fact it would improve so many things for them. So don’t be a loser and do it if you can. After a while, your only question will be: for Heaven’s Sake, why didn’t I start earlier ?!
3. Run with a Friend
Running with co-workers is the first step, then try to find a friend who wants to lose weight like you and run together! Many benefits: it will push you to go running because you have a commitment (it’s amazing how people who run together stick to their plan compared to people who decide to go or not at the last minute). You will share tips and motivation. Chances are high that your running buddy will soon become your weight loss buddy and from experience I know what great success factor it is.
4. Find a Running Club
Look for any running club or association close to your home: don’t be shy, they won’t bite or laugh at you 😉 The membership is not expensive (they have very low costs as you run outside) and you will have new friends, a coach and a lot of support, empathy, progress and results! What else?? Possibly a romance 😉 I am not kidding, many people have met in this way, you would be surprised. Anyway, the important goal is to hit the pavement and to lose weight, so again if you have any opportunity in your neighborhood, do it!
5. Run with Your Dog
Speaking about biting: do you have a dog? If yes, congratulations, you have the best running mate you could dream of: never tired, always happy, protecting you eventually. Your dog will probably do five to ten times your running distance, with all the sniffing and marking of territory, checking all strategic points where other dogs might have left a message 😉 just like you when you check your emails and your Facebook 🙂 From my own experience I can tell you that running regularly with your dog will create amazing bonding moments. If I have five minutes I will try to find some nice pictures of such running mates, I am sure that people who love dogs are good people and that they will not sue me if I post a picture of them with their dog already available online 😉
6. Get Outdoors.
With co-workers, with a friend or with club mates, always prefer to exercise outside compared to running on a treadmill. There are lots of reason for that: you will be in the fresh air, in the nature, you will see more things and people, you have more variety thus you will less bored compared to the treadmill where you feel like a guinea pig after five minutes. Last point: if you run with your dog for all the good reasons that I just mentioned, it might be hard for you and your dog to run on the same treadmill 😉
7. Run First in the Morning
This is an important point in terms of results so I will detail a bit. If you have any chance to start your day with a jogging, take it! If you can even run on an empty stomach, you will increase the number of burned calories after 40 to 45 minutes. Let me explain in two words: if you stay below 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, you will not burn glycogen but start instead the so-called lipolysis mechanism that burns fat to get energy (to say it in the easiest way). After 45 minutes your body realizes that you have not eaten for many hours and you have a regular energy demand that doesn’t justify to burn some glycogen stored in your muscles, so your brain will make a choice affecting fat cells’ readiness to release and break down fat through the activation of hormones and neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. Of course this lipolytic response (or fat breakdown if you prefer) works best for people who are able to run 45 minutes straight and if possible on an empty stomach. If it’s not yet your case, don’t worry: it will come, just keep the idea to run first in the morning each time you can and follow our exercise plans that will take you progressively to that level. On a personal note, this tip of running first in the morning on an empty stomach is probably the one that got me the best weight loss results and I am still practicing it regularly when I have a few pounds to shred. For instance during the festive season I’m not in the mood of counting calories or not drinking alcohol. So after a few weeks in the new Year I can feel a bit of burden around the hips, not to speak of a flat tire 🙂 No problem, I can get rid of this fat excess quite easily: I just do what I recommend to all of you here 🙂 I just do it with experience and years of practice so I go directly to the points that bring me the best results. And this tip is one of them: first in morning, empty stomach, patience, below 70 percent of your max heart rate or it’s totally useless because lipolysis won’t start! And running like that for 2 hours non stop 🙂 I have a beautiful running route in the countryside that suits that program very well, it helps for motivation, avoiding boredom coming from repetition. As you can see, this method is easy and very cheap — you even skip breakfast! 😉 I am just kidding, skipping breakfast is a very poor idea, except for the special case of running on an empty stomach.
8. Leave Your Car at Home
Avoid driving by all means when you go running. If you have the chance to run as soon as you leave home without having to drive, you will have a huge advantage for these days where your motivation is low and your brain is looking for any fake excuse not to run. The decision process is much shorter because you have less things to plan if you don’t take your car, the time between decision to run and running itself is dramatically reduced if you don’t have to drive. Even if you live in town, run from home to a better jogging route, for instance a nice park or close suburb with more trees and oxygen and less carbon monoxide and dioxide. If you have to chose between exercising in polluted air versus canceling your running entirely, several medical studies have proved that the better option is to go for the run and to find ways to reduce your exposure to car pollution. If you have the option of hopping on a treadmill on bad-air days, do it but don’t take your car, just run to the gym, it will be a good warm-up and you will reduce the air pollution of your city.
9. Lace Up!
Even if you don’t feel like going out, don’t think twice and just lace up your running shoes! Trust me: as all runners, you never regret the decision you made to go running, most of the time you regret when you decided not to go.
10. Get re-energized
Depending on how long you will run and if fresh water will be available on your route, bring a bottle of water and some fuel with you.
11. Build A Playlist
Running guys fall in two categories: those who can’t run without their Ipod, Iphone or any mp3 player. And those who can’t stand running with headphones 🙂 If you are the first type, prepare your best “high energy running playlist”. Check out here for some ideas. Careful though: listening to music can be very distracting and wearing headphones makes you less aware of your surroundings, your are in your bubble, you can’t hear what is going on around you and this can be a serious risk factor for instance when your running route is crossing a busy road.
12. Patience and Regularity
Last advice: be patient, remember to start slow with walking and running intervals and then increase progressively the running part. Just stick to one of our three programs based on your physical condition. As we say frequently, all this fat didn’t appear overnight, don’t expect it to go away within days.
Seriously, you were not expecting a point 13, were you? 😉
I hope that 12 tips are enough to decide you to go running with the best chances to get the maximum benefit for your weight loss and your global health. Honestly, if you consider my previous posts plus this one, what else could I do to convince you to run??
Maybe the last point is that you have a special bonus that makes things easier for you by boosting your energy level: if you get ephedrine, and ideally the HCL type from Kaizen, you will raise your metabolism and energy level, you will burn more fat, you won’t experience this huge fatigue that beginners all know when they “hit the wall” and as a consequence you will have better and quicker weight loss results. Ephedrine will be your key success factor as it has been for me and for all people I have helped. Just make sure that you read our pages about the potential adverse effects and also about the legal and safety aspects: you can purchase ephedrine legally in the USA, in Canada and many other countries but you have to respect some rules such as giving your ID and buying ephedrine under a legal quantity per month, depending on your state. Anyway all serious sellers will check these points for you if you live in the USA, just stick to our new recommendation. Have also a look at our page about EC stacks: I don’t recommend to start with E+C if you are not experienced yet but you can follow the safe dosage of ephedrine on this page and ignore caffeine at start. It’s okay, there is no rush, later you will be able to combine cardio training sessions with an EC stack and you will then be close to what I consider as the most effective method to get fit for the long run in a safe and legal way. Hmm, fit for the long run, how cool is that? 😉
That’s all for now, stay tuned for the next post!