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How Often Should You Run?

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN


Like with any form of training, you become a stronger and more endurant runner as you run on a consistent basis. However, there is a fine balance between how often you should run and when you should rest to allow your body to recover.

In general, I recommend running every other day. However, this will change depending on your training and fitness goals. Personally, I feel that many runners (be them beginner or advanced) spend too much time pounding the pavement or the treadmill and not enough time regenerating their bodies.

However, I should mention that with interval training you can often reduce the volume of training and see greater improvements in your fitness level and running performance. That's why the Treadmill Trainer workouts are guaranteed to help you run faster, farther, and longer with just 2 runs per week. Interval training is king when it comes to saving you time, helping you faster, burning more fat, and so much more.

What Else Can I Do Besides Running?

The interesting thing is that even though the body adapts specifically to how it is trained, there is definitely plenty of benefit to using complementary training methods to strengthen you runs and make your better runner.

For instance, yoga is incredible for lengthening tight muscles and helping you improve your breathing; both of which transfer over nicely to running.

Also, strength training for runners is critical. Getting your muscles stronger, more powerful, and more balanced will help you out tremendously.

Recently, one of our Treadmill Trainer beginner running clients asked me the following question relating to running frequency:

"Dear Yuri,

I am very excited to start the Treadmill Trainer volume 1 running workout! I want to start running but right now I am beginner.

My main objectives are to lose weight and to get in shape.

How many times a week should I run the beginners program (Treadmill Trainer volume 1) and for how long before I start the next level (volume 2)? Thanks for your help."

- Veronica

Because the Treadmill Trainer running programs are based on interval training they are inherently designed to make you a more proficient runner with less training.

As a beginner, volume 1 takes you through intervals of walking and jogging with the goal of getting you fitter and more comfortable with being able to run for a longer period of time.

So having said that, as a beginner using Treadmill Trainer running workout 2-3 times per week is plenty to help you become a better runner, lose weight, and get in great shape.

Between each of these running workouts should be at least a day of recovery to allow your body to regenerate and bounce back stronger for the next run.

Watch this video for more insight on this common running question:



When Do You Know You're Ready to Move Onto Treadmill Trainer Volume 2?

That's a good question. It really depends on how your body adapts to your running training. I usually suggest to move onto volume 2 when you feel comfortable running at least 15 minutes without walking or stopping.

TT volume 2 is definitely more challenging than volume 1 but as with all the Treadmill Trainer running workouts you can end your run at the end of any of the sections within the workout.

So don't be intimidated...just do it now and you'll be amazed at well you do!


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