There is this myth that running—and running a lot—is the key to losing weight.

If I could just run and run for a long time, I would finally be skinny.

I hate to break the bad news but it won’t. Now, before you dismiss this blog, remember I’m a runner. I have completed 2 full marathons, a handful of half’s and a dozen or so 5Ks. I love running.

But I don’t run to lose weight, I run because it is therapeutic for me.

Running is awesome, and may be a tool in your tool box to help you get fit and stay healthy—but don’t depend on running longer to lose weight and keep it off.

First, anything done without moderation is never a good idea. Take a look at people who run a lot . . . I mean a whole lot. Most are broken down: bad knees, joint issues, and hunched over shoulders.

Now take a look at those who use running as a tool but don’t run excessively long distances on a consistent basis. That person generally suffers from less joint pain, better mobility through the body, and better overall conditioning.

So what am I trying to tell you? Glad you asked!

Use running as another conditioning tool, coupled with strength training, other cardiovascular activities, and a proactive stretching program. Don’t think running alone is going to get you your goals. It will certainly help, but it’s not the final answer.

Wondering how to use running to get to your goals? Visit today to set up a time to chat with me about those goals and how Houston’s best personal trainers and Houston’s best gym can help get you there.

–Cassandra Gaudet