i just started running two weeks ago to mainly lose weight. i have gained 20 lbs during my freshman year at college and was hoping to find the best to start losing the weight. i've asked a lot of people on how i should start and most people told me to just run as much as i can and then to start lifting weights to tone up after i lose the 20 lbs. others have told me to just do weights, because it burns more calories than running. some people told me that i should lift weights and then run every time i work-out, because i can burn more calories when i run if i lift weights first.
i'm really confused! i just really want to out which is best. i don't intend to run just to lose the weight. i want to make a long-term commitment to running to keep a healthier and a more disciplined lifestyle. so i really want to learn which one can help me better in the long run.
Welcome to active.com!
It's great that you have started running and that you want to make it a part of a healthy lifestyle. I hope that you will find this to be a supportive community. Your question is a very good one. The correct answer is to find a way to integrate aerobic activities (like running) and strength training (like weights) into your schedule if possible. Both play important roles in weight loss. I think you will find the following article to offer an excellent and more complete answer (as well as additional suggestions): http://www.holisticmomstalkradio.com/articles/keys-to-jump-starting-metabolism.html#top
I hope you will let us know if you have any more questions or comments.
Good luck and happy running!
thanks for the info!