Running FAQ and Resources

Have questions about running? I’m a total dope, but I can pretend to help. DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert, not a doctor, not a health professional. I just run often and started from the bottom and now I’m here. Or somewhere.

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How to Start Running

If you’re a new runner, the struggle is too real.

I used to think there was no pain on this earth more awful to endure than running. The slow, painful drudge of placing one foot in front of the other. Each step felt like a new form of agony. The only mile (yes, 1 actual mile) I ever jogged in my teenage years (but really, mostly walked) had felt like a hot and endless stretch around the lowest circle of hell.

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Can we forget about burning calories and fat?

In searching the internet for a “stationary bike interval workout,” I’m met with a slew of fat-blasting, calorie-burning focused results.

  • Fight Belly Fat With This Boredom-Busting Interval Workout.
  • An Hour’s Worth of Cardio in 20 Minutes!
  • The Ultimate 8-Week HIIT for Fat-Burning Program
  • 7 Interval Training Workouts to Burn Fat Fast
  • 5 HIIT Workouts You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Incinerate Fat in Under 15 Minutes

Incinerate? Really?

Aside from the fact that you cannot actually burn fat off of your body, these claims are utterly ridiculous. “Fight belly fat?” There are better things in the world worth fighting for/against. Fighting my own body does not need to be on this list. “An hour of cardio in 20 minutes.” Exercise is supposed to fun! Find an exercise you like. Do it. If you feel like doing an hour of cardio one day, do it. If you only feel like doing 20 minutes, do that.

Can we forget about burning calories and fat for a minute, and just focus on the health benefits of exercise?

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