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Running, it propels us forward

By: Geoff Rubin, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Hitting the pavement and accruing mileage is certainly a physical feat, but what is the motive behind doing it? Running is a sport which is definitely not for the meek, so what is it that drives us to put on our shoes, tie those laces and exit that front door?

The reasons to run come from a multitude of places whether it is for health reasons, physique, weight loss, accomplishments, etc. Whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic motivational factors that lead you to run, you’re doing yourself a phenomenal favor. In fact, running blasts the most calories: In a study done by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center, the treadmill (used at a “hard” exertion level) torched an average of 705-865 calories in an hour. Not only are you torching the calories while running, but running boosts “afterburn”—that is, the number of calories you burn after exercise. (Scientists call this EPOC, which stands for excess post oxygen consumption.)

Additional physical benefits of running include:

– Bolsters your cartilage by increasing oxygen flow and flushing out toxins, and by strengthening the ligaments around your joints.

– Your time on the treadmill can even prevent vision loss, or so it seems. Two studies from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that running reduced the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

– One recent study in the British Journal of Cancer calculated that the “most active” (e.g. walked briskly 5-6 hours/week) people were 24 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than the “least active” people

Additional mental benefits of running include:

– Stress-busting powers of their regular jog. “Nothing beats that feeling when you settle into a strong stride with a powerful rhythm,” says Brooke Stevens, a four-time NYC marathoner, “The tension in my neck, back, and shoulders starts to loosen up, and I can think more clearly too.”

– Running is used by mental health experts to help treat clinical depression and other psychological disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction.

– In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise—30 minutes of walking on a treadmill—could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order.

Regardless of the reasons that you are hitting the concrete, trail-head or treadmill, the benefits of this readily available sport are right there for your taking.


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– Womens Health – Health Benefits of Running, 2013

– Runners World – 6 ways running helps improve your health



What & why did you decide to lead a healthier lifestyle?

What & why did you decide to lead a healthier lifestyle?


We all have a story to share on how we started our journey towards pursuing a healthier life. Here’s Fitness Propelled trainer Geoff Rubin’s story, listed on the American Council on Exercises PROfiles…. ‪#‎GetInspired‬


I look forward to reading each and everyone of your stories, so please add your commentary below……

Article: What Obese People Wish Fitness Professionals Knew (Idea Fitness Journal – ACE)

In the article “What Obese People Wish Fitness Professionals Knew” by Joy Keller, published in Idea Fitness Journal – ACE, she leaves us “Fitness professionals” with some important comments to become aware of from clientele she serves.  It is important to understand these comments when working and developing fitness programs for obese clientele.  Be sure to read these comments below as they will help you develop long lasting, emotionally lifted, and beneficial fitness programs for your clientele.

Interpret these comments with empathy, not sympathy as they provide you with perspective.

  • “I am not lazy”
  • “I don’t necessarily want or need to lose as much weight as you think I do. My biomarkers are good.”
  • “I don’t have access to the same moisture-wicking clothes thin people do, and that can make working out more difficult for me, owing to chafing and lack of comfort.”
  • “Don’t presume I don’t know how to eat correctly.”
  • “My body is hard to carry around.”
  • “Please give me time to do what you ask.”
  • “It’s very hard to be in social situations when you’re used to being made fun of on a regular basis.”
  • “Please don’t talk negatively about your own body.  It makes me feel worse.”

Trainer talk: What qualities do you look for in a client?

Often, trainers are on the end of selective eyes from our clients. Sometimes, we need to be a friend, a counselor, a motivator, a drill sergeant, etc.

Lets flip the script. What are three qualities you as a trainer, group fitness, physical education instructor, etc, look for in your clients in order to help them succeed in your structured exercise program?

Fitness Propelleds’ top 3 in no order:
1) Commitment
2) Positive attitude
3) Passion

What are yours?