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Burn Stomach Fat for Good With These Runner's Secrets, Trainer Says

Grab your sneaks, and let's pick up the pace.
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Running is a popular exercise for many. Some do it because it's so affordable, while others do it to relieve stress and for the positive mental health benefits. But running is arguably the most common activity people turn to when they're trying to lose belly fat. Depending on how tall you are, your weight, and how fast you run, you can burn about 100 calories by running one mile. If that tidbit of info is making your mind race in different directions (Pun intended!), we're here with some runner's secrets on how to burn stomach fat for good. So, grab your sneaks, and let's pick up the pace.

If you want to run in order to lose some of your stomach fat, here are a few key habits you can incorporate into your fitness routine that runners do in their own training. Read on to learn more about how to burn stomach fat for good, and next up, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Start sprinting

woman sprinting track interval to shrink your visceral fat

Besides interval training, many runners like to alternate between their steady-state longer runs with sprint workouts at the track. It's a great way for them to work on their speed and power, in addition to improving their performance. For many, sprinting is also a great way to burn more calories than steady-state.

If you're just starting out, I recommend beginning with lower-intensity sprints (not all-out effort, about 75-80%). Sprint 10 to 30 yards, walk back to where you began, then repeat for 3 to 5 rounds.

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Implement cross-training

swimming to burn stomach fat for good

Many runners who compete incorporate other forms of aerobic exercise into their schedule. It helps them target other muscles and avoids overtraining. For your goal, however, cross-training can be a great way to break up the monotony, force your body to work harder, and burn more fat than with steady-state running. It's also a great idea to alternate a few of your days with cycling and swimming to help you with engaging other muscles and increasing your calorie burn.

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Add in a leg day

woman performing split squat to burn stomach fat for good

Although this one isn't specifically about running, it indirectly is, and it's important for your mission. Many runners supplement their activity with strength training workouts, particularly ones that focus on the lower body. They do it not only for injury prevention and muscle balance, but it also helps them improve their performance for their runs and build lean muscle mass in the lower body. Keep in mind that a challenging leg day can help burn more calories and fat.

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female runner in park demonstrating how to jog your way to a lean body

For more mind and body news, be sure to read The #1 Outdoor Workout To Lose Belly Fat in a Week, Says Trainer and The #1 Workout for an Hourglass Figure, Trainer Says to stay up-to-date on the latest fitness scoop.

Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more about Tim
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