Running is Great Cardio!

Running is good for the cardiovascular system, the muscular system, and the digestive system. Running may not be for everyone, but if you are thinking about starting a running program, the following steps should help.

1. Eat Real Food
Artificial sugar can create a host of issues, from gut irritability to weight gain. Grains are particularly nasty to the digestive system, and should be avoided at all costs. Robb Wolf is a great resource for all things food.


2. Do Core Exercises Every Day
Your butt (gluteal) muscles should be sore after exercise. Most people's gluteal muscles are weak because of excessive sitting, which "turns off" the gluteal muscles. Conversely, “turning on” the gluteal muscles is important for cardiovascular exercise and general health.

3. Sleep More
Sleeping more will help your body recover from the running program you are about to start. The more recovered you are in between workouts, the more calories you will able to burn. Yes, you read that right. The more sleep you get the more weight you can lose.

4. Invest in an Adjustable Height Work Surface
Believe it or not, standing for periods of time strengthens the gluteal muscles and improves postures. Strong gluteal muscles and better posture can make running more effective.

5. Buy a Good Pair of Shoes
I've written extensively on the benefits of natural strike shoes. Natural strike shoes and Correct Toes® are essential for long term health, and strong foot muscles can improve running efficiency.
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6. Run
Running ten seconds, five or six times with a one minute walk after each one creates caloric debt; the burning of calories after exercise is finished. Running short sprints is also time efficient. Ten minutes (give or take), two or three times a week is all it takes to put your body in caloric debt.

Running takes less than .001% of your week and your body will burn calories long
after you’ve finished. If you have a strong core and good posture, then running might be for you!

Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at or 732-475-0142.