Sprinting for weight loss can be extremely effective. Sprinting can be great for weight loss and in this article we will talk about why. The notion that sprinting is great for weight loss is not just a belief. There are studies that show a correlation between regular sprinting and weight loss (1)(2).
Why Sprinting Is Great For Weight Loss
1. Great For Burning Calories
It’s important to understand that weight loss is all about taking in fewer calories than you’re burning.
Calories are units of energy that we get primarily through the foods we consume. We expend calories through activity.
Sprinting can help with weight loss because it can cause the body to expend energy or burn more calories.
The reason why sprinting is so great at burning calories is because its a very demanding activity on the body. To sprint, muscles through the body have to work at a very fast pace and high intensity, and such movement requires a lot of energy.
Just How Many Calories Does Sprinting Burn?
Based on your weight sprinting for 30 seconds can burn between 8.25 to 12.21 calories.
Depending on how long your sprint for, that can really add up.
There are various studies that indicate that you can burn various amounts of calories sprinting.
Now we are all going to burn calories naturally. But if you add the calories you burn from sprinting on top of the calories you burn will naturally, it can really add up.
You can burn a lot more calories sprinting compared if you did lower intensity activity like walking for the same amount of time.
2. Can Create EPOC
Sprinting is not just great at burning calories while you’re exercising it can burn calories post exercise as well.
Sprinting is the type of activity that can push the body to such an extent that it needs recovery time.
Sprinting can create EPOC or (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) which is a recovery period that the body goes through after exercise.
Because sprinting is the type of exercise that has the body working at a very high intensity, it can generate a strong epoc effect.
3. Can Help Tone Certain Muscle Groups
Sprinting is great because it helps tone certain muscle groups. Having more toned muscles helps reduce the appearance of fat and gives a individual a more lean look.
How To Sprint For Weight Loss
An effective way to do sprint workouts is in intervals. Where you sprint for a brief period of time, take a brief rest break where you do a lower intensity activity like walking, jogging, or come to a complete rest, recover + recharge, and sprint again.
For example, sprint for 30 seconds, then take a break for 1 minute (where you walk, jog, or come to a complete stop), and then sprint for another 30 seconds.
You can do this in several intervals.