Since its takeoff in 2004, millions of people have been tuning in to the weight loss-centered reality TV show “The Biggest Loser”. In fact, the widespread popularity of this show has prompted all sorts of weight loss competitions and challenges in health and fitness arenas, workplace settings, and even among friends and families throughout the world.
Like many health and wellness experts, I’ve been known to criticize The Biggest Loser for portraying extreme, impractical weight loss tactics that are virtually impossible to maintain.
But over the years, The Biggest Loser brand has gone far beyond the TV show, expanding to better appeal to the health conscious and the health curious with innovative fitness tools and at-home workout equipment, lifestyle resorts and retreats, and now a highly sought after Race Series originally launched in 2012.
Now, those of you who either know or follow me are probably aware that I’m an avid running enthusiast and recreational marathoner. Needless to say, when I was recently invited to run in The Biggest Loser Race Series in Chicago I jumped at the chance to participate.
Whether it’s for long or short distances, running a marathon is something I think every person should experience at least once in a lifetime. One of the best things about marathon training is that you’re competing against yourself and bettering your health in the process. And, contrary to popular belief, getting involved in a marathon doesn’t actually require you to run.
It might sound a bit surprising but you can reap a ton of health benefits through a training program that simply involves modest jogging or even brisk walking. Interestingly enough, I’ve seen many people who can actually walk faster than some people jog and it’s a heck of a lot easier on the joints.
The Biggest Loser Race Series is a marathon I’d definitely recommend trying, as it’s intended to be a non-intimidating event that challenges people to focus less on time or “winning” and more on becoming healthy and physically fit. If you aren’t regularly active, the sheer act of training is an excellent way to get off the couch as it gives you a tangible goal to shoot for.
To make it easier for you to train and excel at your own preferred pace, The Biggest Loser Race Series offers both running and walking distances for men and women of all fitness levels and ages. These distances include a half-marathon (13.1 miles) run or walk, a 5K (3.1 miles) run or walk, and a motivational one miler that’s open to anyone ages 4 and up.
Since the half marathon is by far my favorite running distance, this is the race I have chosen to run. I even managed to convince my big sister to take on the 5K race and she hasn’t consistently exercised, let alone run, in decades! Following my beginner’s training tips for running a 5K, she’s never felt better and more ready to run the distance.
If you’re in or around the Midwest, you should join us for The Biggest Loser Race Series in Chicago, which is scheduled for Sunday, August 14, 2016. Otherwise, visit the official website to a find an upcoming race that’s in your neck of the woods and start training today!
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program