Jackie Warner writes that the cardio workouts many people do are not as effective as they might be. She cites “one hour-plus treadmill runs.” Oh, dear. I’m a runner, and I run an hour at a time, four days a week. Maybe that’s why I can’t lose those last 10 or 12 pounds, I think.
But the truth is that running is not just a calorie-burner for me. I have kids, a job, lots of outside activities, a house and more. When I go for a run in my L.A. neighborhood, I have no phone, no email, no contact with another soul – except the inconsiderate dog owners who don’t restrain their pets. This is my private time, to let my mind wander, to be selfish.
So. Ineffective? I really hope not. And I won’t stop running even if it is not the best way to lose weight. But I’m willing to try new workouts, and I’ve really liked Warner’s program for the most part. I don’t have a jump-rope, so I substituted jumping jacks when she calls for jumping rope. And so far I haven’t had the motivation to take a stop watch out and do the short-burst intense runs she recommends.