Losing weight is an exciting process! You feel good, have more energy and are seeing your body change. But at some point along the weight loss journey, many people hit a wall. Their weight just won’t budge –even when their healthy diet and higher activity levels remain the same. This frustrating part of the journey is known as a weight loss plateau.
Running is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not for individuals who suffer from joint or back pain, or for those who are starting to ease their way into a more active lifestyle. While running burns more calories than walking does, walking should not be quickly dismissed for your choice of exercise.
Let’s review a familiar weight loss story. You have been dieting and exercising all week. You step on the scale and to your horror, you’ve gained a pound! Discouraged, you ditch your diet and exercise plan. Clearly this isn’t working.
It happens to everyone. As we age our bodies naturally lose muscle mass and strength. Both men and women experience the loss in muscle mass and strength shortly after the age of 30. It gets worse as we age and it doesn’t discriminate! Women however, experience a significant loss of muscle size and strength around the age of menopause while most men do not see this significant change until round 60-75 years old.