How To Run To Lose Weight Safely

Running safely to lose weightThere are many people out there who cringe at the thought of having to run and, let's face it, they do so for a good reason, running is a hard sport. I've seen track and cross-country teams in Houston wearing t-shirts that say "Our sport is your sports punishment." Although many people train their bodies to be able to endure the physical requirements it takes to run, it can be quite intimidating to a new runner.

One of the most popular reasons that people start to run is to lose weight. Running is one of the best physical activities you can do to shed a couple of extra pounds in a short period of time. If you are using running as a tool to lose weight, here are some pointers to help you reach your weight lose goal in the most healthy and satisfying way:

  1. You are what you eat!  One of the most common misconceptions about weight loss is that you can simply lose weight by working out and not changing your diet. This is not true. The best way to lose weight is a combination of diet and exercise.
  2. Don't start off too fast!  When people start their weight loss workout routines they tend to be excited and driven in the beginning and are at risk for doing too much too fast. This causes people to tire out, give up, or get injured. Try and write out a workout routine that you can realistically follow without pushing yourself to exhaustion.
  3. Make sure you have the right equipment for your workout!  When starting to run for the first time it is important to get a new pair of shoes that will give your feet the support they need. Also make sure you get some quality socks that will be able to absorb the sweat from your new workout schedule. There are many other gadgets runners use such as camelbacks, utility belts, absorbent clothing, and sweat bands. The best way to figure out what you will need for your runs is to visit a specialty running store. The employees are often runners themselves and can offer good advice.


Running is a great way to help shed a couple of extra pounds. In order for running to be affective a person must also change their diet, make a realistic workout routine, and have the right equipment that will help them avoid injury. If you do get derailed with foot or ankle pain while you are on your road to becoming a runner, contact Dr. Andrew Schneider to check it out!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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