A friend from high school recently posted this article on Facebook about how women should not run. The woman who writes the article talks about how all her friends keep sweating it out on the treadmill…only to get fatter.
And I have really been conflicted by this. I have been doing 3-5 days of cardio (running on the treadmill mainly) since January and haven’t seen any differences in my body at all. I know I definitely do not eat the best, but I do try to eat healthy when I can. I have my green smoothie every morning, I try to have a healthy snack every 3 hours, I have cut my dinner portion sizes, am drinking more water, etc. After reading that article I have been trying to do more weight training and I have already seen some difference in my arms.
Now I am focusing on 2-3 days of cardio and 3-4 days of weight training a week. When I do get in cardio I am focusing more on interval training which is said to burn fat for hours after workouts. So when I saw this workout from Nicole of Pumps & Iron it seemed right up my alley. Now I typically don’t hit speeds over 8.5 mph but I figured I could do them for really short sprints like these.
Obviously the 1 mile was pretty easy at that speed and even the first group at 7mph was really easy so I bumped it up a bit each time. Once it gets fast – it gets rough! Completely out of breath and wanna die, but it goes by quickly because the end of the workout is such short bursts. I just tell myself that I can do anything for 30/15 seconds. I am, however, always afraid of falling off the treadmill with the side rail stands. I don’t wanna be that person in the gym who falls off the treadmill while there are a tour of high schoolers watching.
What do you think about the running article? Should I cut down on how much running I do?