The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Run! As soon as you can

If I asked you cross five kilometres on foot, how would you choose to do so? Would you walk, jog, or run?

Most people would say walk if there was no time-limit on the challenge. And they would choose to walk because walking is easy. It’s easier than jogging, and much easier than running. Walking is what you do when you take the dog around the block. It’s what you do when you want something from the fridge.

Walking is not exercise, unless your body is in a fairly unhealthy condition. If that’s you, then walking for exercise may be fine for a while. But as soon as your body has trimmed down a bit, and gotten a little stronger, you’re going to want to mix in a little jogging on your walks. Do this until your whole walk is a jog.

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At that point, you will add some RUNNING to your jogging (running is fast jogging)

Jog for three minutes, then RUN for thirty seconds. Repeat five times. Then six. Then seven. Then try to run for a minute per time, for five rounds, then six, then seven. Do these runs once or twice per week to start off with, and build up to three times.

Running is one of the movements that burns the most calories, and requires the most strength. It’s what you need to do to really reach your body goals. You may not be fast, but you CAN still run.

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