Running questions

  • pairatime

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    Oct 05, 2008 5:04 PM GMT

    I've been trying to lose wieght so I started running and now it's getting colder and one of my friends said you shouldn't run in the cold. Is this true? He said I could pull a muscle or something but neither of us really know much about this stuff so I'm asking.

    Also on the running machine is it better to have high resistant and a short time or low resistant and longer time for weight loss? or some other combo?

    Thank you to anyone who answers.
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    Oct 05, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    There is not bad weather, just bad clothing. Dressing in layers keeps you warm.

    I have no choice anyways since I would feel stupid locking the dogs in while running on a fraking treadmill icon_smile.gif And i survived last winter..easy.
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    Oct 05, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Running during the winter or while it is cold outside is not bad for you - as mentioned above, dress in layers and you will make it.

    What type of running machine are you talking about (glider, treadmill, elliptical, etc)?
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    Oct 05, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    I lost a lot of weight running/elliptical-ing and everything that i said seemed to point to lower resistance and longer time being more beneficial towards losing weight as opposed to higher resistance and longer time. Just try to keep the time that you are working out the same (like 45 minutes of jogging or what not) and slowly build up resistance. As for the cold, as long as your lungs can take it, you're fine.
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    Oct 05, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    Running in the cold is great if you like that sort of thing (and also sweaty clothing layers.) Personally, I have stopped running when it's cold because it takes a very long time for me to warm-up my muscles and joints - and that is where I feel the coldness. Everyone I know doesn't run in the cold for the same reason - although, maybe we are just prone to arthritis pain, ha. However, I do see a few 70-year-olds run in the snow with nothing but spandex, and they seem perfectly fine.
  • runninginmd

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    Oct 05, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    I run year round and it is all a matter of proper gear and layering. I have had fewer injuries during the colder months, but perhaps I am more aware and try to stretch a bit more in cold compared to warmer weather. I find treadmills quite boring. If I do run on a treadmill, I make sure there is an incline and typically do a hill workout. I try to run for the same duration it would take me if I were running outdoors.
    Good Luck
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    Oct 06, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    Running on treadmills?
    That seems like your punishing yourself. They are so boring....z....z..z..z.zzzzz

    Sounds like you have a running buddy-if you don't, get one. It makes running fun and its a great way to meet new people. Running in the winter is just the same thing as running in the summer. Only its colder and you get to throw snowballs at each other.

    Like they said just wear more.
    Although I have worn just shorts and shirts on winter runs and those have been very interesting experiences.
    They built character, as Bill Waterson would say.
  • pairatime

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    Oct 06, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    thank you to all of you that responded I'll use and keep all of the info in mind thanks

    for ace_ofpace I'm not sure what try it is, it's got places for your feet and they go round and round as your run, like a bike only standing.
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    Oct 06, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
    you're using an eliptical machine.

    Longer, lower intensity = more fat loss.

    As for muscle strains and pulls the weather has nothing to do with it. Warming up and stretching is the best preventative measure I think.
    Also not doing too much too soon.
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    Oct 06, 2008 2:16 AM GMT
    RunninChlt is right about the machine and the advice.

    Also remember to stretch afterwards and cool down propperly - it can causes many issues in the colder and warmer weather if not done (same idea as lifting weights and stretching afterwards).

    If you do venture toward the treadmill, be carefull because of the forces that will be playing against your joints. You have the belt pulling your legs back and you have the unnatural landing on the treadmill deck (which varies from machine to machine). The effort can seem like less on a treadmill because your legs are assisted in the back motion as well.

    The eliptical is one of my favorites for when the wheather hits nose bleed cold because the impact is almost non existant and your leg movement is guided in a straight path (hip flexors straight = good thing).

    Most important, pairatime, enjoy the time running; otherwise, you will only be fighting yourself.