Running: Total distances vs Intensity

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  1. Insominac

    Insominac New Member

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    I have been working out as far back as i can remember, but have just recently started doing cardio to burn that extra fat to get that beach body. I run both before and after my workout and it consists of 8 min. on the treadmill at about 7 mph, and then at 8 min i crank it up to 9.5 for two min. and then 10.5 for about 30-45 seconds. Basically my question is would I burn more fat if i just ran 7mph and a greater distance, or does upping the speed (intensity) burn more fat??
     
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    chris73d OT Supporter

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    I think it's common knowledge that higher intensity is more effective at burning fat while maintaining muscle.
     
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    zedsded I gotta be me, it's my life

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    I disagree, as someone else said, running a set distance uses the same amount of energy no matter your speed.
     
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    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    are you fucking kidding me?
     
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    id rather say i ran 10miles than 2miles but really fast
     
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    zedsded I gotta be me, it's my life

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    No.

    Oversimplified:

    I run 5 miles in 50 minutes I burn 700 calories or 14 cal/minute.

    Now I run that same distance in 40 minutes. I still burn 700 calories but at a rate of 17.5 cal/min.

    I burn the same total amount I just do it faster.
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    I actually have the same question

    30 minutes on ellipitical for both

    A) 3.5 miles @ 20 resistance
    B) 5 miles @ 10 resistance

    which is greater?
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    you know just kuz the machine gives you a number, it doesnt mean thats how much you actually burnt.....
     
  9. zedsded

    zedsded I gotta be me, it's my life

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    Thanks Lt. I haven't run on a treadmill in 5 years.
     
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    calisteph6 Active Member

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    go look up hiit zedsded. If you run the same long, steady run everyday eventually your body becomes accustomed to it and starts burning less calories.
     
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    zedsded I gotta be me, it's my life

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    HIIT when translated to running is the same as doing interval training. After a warmup period you'd run at 80-100% effort a short distance and then jog a longer distance at a 50-60% effort, rinse, repeat.

    My only point is that if I run 5 miles in 50 minutes I'm going to burn the same amount of calories (+/- a couple calories) as running the same 5 miles in 45 minutes.
     
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    I always though hiit was basically the same as interval training?

    I'm not really into this stuff at all though...

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    doh, that's what you said.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excess_post-exercise_oxygen_consumption

    Anaerobic exercise in the form of high-intensity interval training was also found in one study to result in greater loss of subcutaneous fat, even though the subjects expended fewer than half as many calories during exercise.
     
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    High Intensity Interval Training
     
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