Should you use running to stay in shape? Well that is sort of a complex question. First of all, it depends on what we mean when we say “in shape.” (We also have to define what “running” is in the first place.)
In the case of the latter and for our purposes, let’s assume that when we say running we’re talking about the multi-mile steady-state 5k-type of running that most are familiar with.
Whether you’ve been to our studio or not, you’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule. In fact, you most likely heard it associated with business – 20% of your work accounts for 80% of your results. Or maybe 20% of your customers account for 80% of your problems. And while all these things might be true, this isn’t what we’re talking about here.
The 80/20 rule can be applied throughout the health and fitness space.
The ‘lifestyle change’ is simply the all-or-nothing mentality, the six-week program, the short-term diet in disguise.
Short-term diet and exercise programs work when applied correctly. But if you’re contending with large scale long-term problems with weight, movement, energy, capability, pain, or overall health, they’re probably not the solution you’re looking for.
But the ‘lifestyle change’ is what we get when we take that six-week program and just tell you to do it forever.
One of the most common requests we hear in the gym is to ‘burn calories.’ Folks often want to sweat it out and feel like they’ve really ‘done something’ at the end of their workout. And while there’s value to hard work, the best way to burn calories throughout the day might surprise you.
But this isn’t to say that sweating in the gym is bad.