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What's the best exercise for losing weight?

Running is the best exercise for losing weight. In a long term study, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab found that running is significantly more effective than other forms of exercise at improving body composition.

Although there are infinite paths to shredding fat, Kickoff recommends that weight loss focused clients give running a try. In short, no other activity burns fat so efficiently. In 30 minutes, you can complete a serious workout that raises your metabolism for the next day and helps you sleep better at night, which further improves metabolism. Compared to walking the same amount of time, running results in 90% greater weight loss.

Pairing a running program with resistance training yields the best of both worlds, as the increased muscle mass from weight lifting burns up more calories around the clock as well. Combining further with high intensity interval training (HIIT) takes you a step further by driving more acute exertion and training your body to recover. This combined approach has worked well for many Kickoff clients, though of course everyone is different so we encourage you to try a variety of strategies and stick with what you enjoy and that feels good.

It can be very hard to get into running, but after only a month or two it becomes significantly easier, and the rewards are well worth the toil. Many of our clients find they quickly become addicted to the endorphins and reflection time that running affords.

So if you're serious out losing weight, lace 'em up and hit the streets! To get guidance one the type of running program that might work for you, get connected with a Kickoff online personal trainer for a customized daily fitness plan.