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Re-evaluate your running routine

HealthBy Sunday World
Re-evaluate your running routine

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, probably because it's completely free and can be slotted into any part of your day. It's also easy to track your progress, thanks to pedometers, fitness apps and treadmills. But what if all that hard work is making no difference to your waistline?

There are several mistakes you could be making, all of which are luckily easy to sort out.

First off, make sure you're tracking your runs correctly. If you use a treadmill, don't blindly rely on the calorie-counter, as people burn different amounts depending on weight and age. Always input yours at the start of your session if the machine has the option.

It's also vital to switch things up frequently. Always running the same distance at the same pace will mean your muscles get used to it, making it less likely you'll continue to lose weight. Instead, try interval sprints, uphill climbs and pushing through your distance PB.

Running alone is also unlikely to have the desired effect on your body. It's never advisable to rely on just one type of exercise, so make sure you're peppering your routine with weight training, stretching and core workouts. This will ensure you have a well-rounded plan that gets results. Add in a mixed martial arts exercise class and a yoga session once a week if you want to enjoy yet more variety.

It's not all about exercise - you need to adapt your diet accordingly. Running often leaves people very hungry, which can make it tempting to snack on junk food or have an extra big dinner afterwards. Instead, consider the way you fuel your body before and after a session. A slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter or a low-fat yoghurt with blueberries are two super-healthy, protein-rich ways to quieten a rumbling stomach.

Lastly, consider the way you are measuring your weight loss. Scales aren't always the most reliable here, as running can bulk up muscle and see your body tone up in ways not determined by pounds. Take a tape measure to the areas you want to see streamlined instead, and monitor whether you're toning up that way.

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