Run Faster by Losing Weight
Here’s a secret to help you run faster: Lose Some Weight
If you’ve been running for quite some time and you haven’t broken your current PR, maybe you it’s time to go on a diet.
A 2011 study on Ironman triathletes reveal that body weight affects running performance more than it does in other sports, such as swimming and biking.
That’s because runners move more efficiently when they’ve reached a healthy body mass and body-fat percentage. Imagine having 5 extra pounds strapped around your waist; the more you have to move against gravity, the slower you get.
When you lose weight, you become more efficient at delivering oxygen to your whole body; you won’t tire easily and have to catch your breath faster. Your body also is able to release heat and burn carbohydrates faster. While weight loss isn’t the only factor that can help you run faster (it will also depend on your form, mileage, and how smart you train), it is something to think about.
Consider this: some experts estimate that losing 10 pounds will cut down your 5KM running time by one minute. If you’re running a marathon, you’ll be faster by almost 9 minutes – that’s a new PR!
So what’s the ideal racing weight? It’s different per person; it will be based on your gender, age, and current fitness level – there are no hard and fast rules. Here’s an online weight calculator to get you started.
Losing weight quickly and drastically can weaken your body, making it prone to injury. It’s safe to lose about half a pound to one pound per week. It would also help id you could make small changes to your diet, such as eating more fiber-rich foods and avoiding junk food, alcohol, or too much sweets.
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