Gaining weight isn't bad and sometimes, it's a sign of good health
Whether you've started jogging with a buddy for fun, to lose some body mass or just to get fitter, it can be disheartening when the scale starts rising regardless of all the work you’re doing. But we’re here today to tell you not to worry, sometimes weight gain can be good for you. Are you new to running but finding yourself a few ounces or pounds heavier? Don’t worry. A recent study discovered that a new workout regime can mean there’s some mild inflammation in your body and some small tears in the fibres of your muscles. Because of the tears, your body may retain extra water to assist with what your body will believe is an injury, or your body might retain more water than usual in your muscles to help with contractions. Water weight can be responsible for up to 3 pound of new weight after you start working with a fresh regime but don’t worry, this is healthy and it will drop again within 3-4 weeks. But, what if you’re used to jogging regularly and have suddenly started to gain weight? Well, if you and your jogging buddy have recently started aiming for longer distances, increasing your speed or choosing to run up hill, then your body will be adapting to the new muscle stress and the demand on muscle contractions, and therefore you may gain a few extra pound of water weight too! Again, this is healthy and nothing for you to worry about. But water weight isn’t the only way you can weight while jogging, there’s also the possibility of new muscle. It’s a myth that you can’t gain muscle from cardio activities such as jogging or running. While we understand that big muscles aren’t associated with these activities, the latest research suggests that jogging can help create bigger muscle mass but after a longer period of time than typical muscle building. It takes about two months to see muscle gain from increased cardio activity. But, if you’re gaining weight quicker than that, it is likely to be water weight or maybe, even what you’re eating. Both of which can be healthy! With that being said… how is your diet? Jogging and running can be one of the best calorie-destroying cardio-workouts out there. But if you think the new exercise means you can eat anything (including all the sugar you want), then there’s still a chance you could be gaining weight. As you hopefully know already - if you want to lose weight, you need a calorie deficit which is where you have to burn more calories than you consume. By doing this, your body then uses fat it has stored as fuel. But if you have a calorie surplus, which means you're taking in more calories than you burn, your body will store those extra calories as body fat — and that translates to weight gain. So, what do you do if you think you’re gaining weight this way? You could choose your food more carefully, specifically choose food with lower calorie counts, or give yourself a different post-run treat. It’s easy to choose a great food item after a long run but your body might not always need all of these calories. You deserve something special after a run but why not consider having a bath, reading a book, or giving yourself alone time to do whatever you enjoy! If you’re gaining weight but you’re happy and your weight is not negatively impacting your health then our final question for you is, why worry? Every individual person has a different base weight and people are happy and healthy at different weights, if you listen to your body intently – you should be able to figure out if your body is performing well regardless of your body mass. Good health comes with the broad category of self-care. Weight can be impacted by you not getting enough sleep or having too much stress in your life — and sometimes these variables are all improved by jogging with a buddy and not losing weight another way.