I've heard more times than I care to count someone say "running will not help you lose weight..." and I have to wonder where this comes from. If a person decides to finally take charge and start a program to improve their health and lose weight, whether it's running, walking, swimming, biking, whatever, why would anyone think it's OK to tell them that what they're doing will not work?
EXERCISE works, physical activity, an active lifestyle in general work. Do what you enjoy, have fun with the kids, your friends, dance like no one is watching because the idea is to get moving and eventually to get motivated to do more to improve your health and/or to help you reach your goals.
YES, nutrition is a key factor in your weight loss goals. You HAVE to eat healthy foods, you have to limit or cut out fried, breaded, creamy anything and opt for fresh, baked, grilled, non processed food, you have to create a deficit in your caloric intake without falling below 1200-1800 calories per day.
It is a combination of exercise and nutrition....maybe they should say "running will not help you lose weight if you continue to eat every calorie you burn and then some."
When you decide you're ready to get healthy (not skinny) just healthy, do whatever physical activity you find makes you happy and go for it because it will likely be more beneficial than doing nothing at all.
"It takes a lot of courage and motivation to start exercising and it doesn't take much for people to stop. A discouraging word, an invitation to eat or drink, a change in weather... I know, I've been there. I've started and stopped when I was told my plan wasn't going to work."
It turns out my plan did work. It took some tweaking and I had to do a lot of ignoring but it worked. I started easy, walking when I could, eventually running, always dancing...always active and, of course, eating just a little healthier...OK well, I cut out one thing at a time starting with my daily Starbucks
heart attack coffee. That alone knocked out 500 calories a day, at least. But I continued to see changes in my body, mood, energy, and that motivated me to do more. It wasn't the changing scale, it was how I felt and those few encouraging words from people around me that kept me going.
I'd like YOU to take the challenge to either start and stick with it despite what anyone says or encourage someone for doing anything physically active, no matter how small; help someone get started, and don't give up on them when they make mistakes, because they will. Simply say forget it, what's done is done and there's no turning back. Start again, right now!!