10 Reasons Why Jogging Sucks as a Fat Loss Tool


Reason #1: Jogging on a treadmill is not a natural motion because the moving track decreases the work of the hip extensors, e.g., hamstrings and glutes. The resultant training effect could lead to structural imbalances, such as an increase in forward pelvic tilt due to tightness in the hip flexor muscles (e.g., the psoas), which could increase the risk of developing back pain.

Reason #2: Jogging, as opposed to walking or running, the feet move more vertically and this could increase the stress on the joints

Reason #3: Diabetes functional medicine expert Dr. Diana Schwarzbein M.D. will tell you straight that jogging makes you fatter by further stressing out the adrenals

Reason #4: Steady state aerobic training (read cardio) may actually hinder fat loss referring to a study conducted at the University of New South Wales in Sydney which compared weight change over 15 weeks between subjects doing steady state aerobics (in 40 minute sessions) and interval training (in 20 minute sessions). The results to me were surprising: though their workouts lasted half as long, the interval training group lost more weight.

Reason #5: Low-intensity/high volume training (jogging) raises cortisol levels, reduces testosterone and GH levels, causes harmful oxidation, and can disrupt immune system function and cause whole body inflammation

Reason #6: Studies have shown that sprint trained athletes maintain a GH level 10 times that of baseline for an hour following their workout, which confers far greater anabolism and protein synthesis than joggers are able to achieve

Reason #7: The stimulus of walking, jogging, blading, or biking isn’t intense enough penetrate the instinct barrier, meaning your body isn’t telling itself, “my survival depends on not being filled with as much lard.”

Reason #8: Consider the normal statistic that jogging a mile burns approximately 100 calories, takes around 1500 reps to perform, and involves plyometric forces of 2-4 x bodyweight you can see where there can be some potential joint issues with using jogging as your primary metabolic training.

Reason #9: After a steady state workout (jogging), the period afterwards has little caloric burn because the body has become accustomed to the constant elevation

Reason #10: Jogging is a high-impact activity. Let’s say someone runs a 10 minute mile. That about 1500 repetitions with forces ranging from 1.5x to 2.0x bodyweight through the ankles, knees and hips joints in 10 minutes. It is no wonder that studies have shown that joggers report a injury rate of 60% within 6 months of jogging

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