How to burn more calories during your run

June 12, 2013

We all know that running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories, which makes it one of the best ways to go about losing weight (combined with a healthy diet, of course). But if you’re not seeing results from your runs in the form of disappearing pounds on the scale, you may want to try other ways to burn more calories during your fitness routine. So hop up on your home treadmill and use these strategies for more effective running.

Ramp up the incline
When running on a flat surface, you burn approximately 270 calories in half an hour, but putting your fitness treadmill on an incline can help you burn hundreds of calories more! This is because one of the easiest ways to increase your heart rate is by running on an incline, and a faster heart rate means more calories burned. All TRUE Fitness treadmills allow you to adjust your incline, so try to challenge yourself by gradually upping the tilt of your running surface during your workout.

Try some intervals
A really effective way to burn calories is by training in intervals, that is to say, combining short spurts of sprinting with your regular running pace. While there are many different combinations of interval training that you can choose from, the fact remains that the body is less “fuel-efficient” at higher speeds, which means you will burn more calories as you continue to run. Some interval-adherents even say they are able to run for longer periods of time when using this exercise strategy.

Run for five more minutes
Speaking of running longer, lengthening your run by a mere five minutes can help you burn more calories. Those few extra minutes allow you to burn approximately 50 more calories – which adds up pretty quickly if you’re a regular runner. Start slowly by running just a minute longer each day, and by the end of the week, you’ll have reached your five-minute goal.

Focus on speed
If you’re a regular runner, it can be easy for your body to get too comfortable with your exercise routine, which means it may not burn as many calories as you would like. To combat this problem, you’ll have to ramp up the intensity of your run by increasing your speed. After warming up, run 0.5 miles per hours faster than normal. You can start by increasing your pace for just a few minutes at a time, and then returning to your normal running speed. Lengthen the amount of time you spend at the faster pace during each successive run, and you’ll be a speed demon before you know it.