A little bit of cardio goes a long way!
Today's society is all about running and high intense workouts. Which don't get me wrong, all of these are good ideas and great for those who have been working out for a while, even for those who are beginners that never get off the couch! Just doing something after being sedentary is better than nothing at all! When someone comes to me and says "Hey I need your help" even though I do run a fitness facility and LOVE to advertise it and push it, my number one goal is to make you WANT to do what I'm about to tell you...it's my all time favorite workout and probably the most old school workout that you could ever do its called WALKING (my all caps words mean that I'm putting emphasis on it, not yelling).
Walking at a moderate pace for 30-60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism. Walking an hour a day is also associated with cutting your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke.
One thing that most weight-lossers (don't make fun of my made up words, you'll learn a lot of these) don't realize is that you build muscle when you work out, well maybe they know that but they don't know that you want to loose the fat before they build the muscle on top of that or else it is harder to loose that unwanted fat that you have.
I tell the girls at Bootcamp all the time, I love that you are training for 5ks and I love that you have the passion of running... but are you running for time, or was your number one reason on starting to run because you wanted to loose weight? If your legs are bigger and you want to loose them walk it off, If your stomach is hard or your carrying that extra baggage around your waist, and you want to get rid of those love handles, walk it off.
Don't give up your running, and enjoy those 5k's but let your walking out weigh your running. I promise it will make a huge difference. Once you start loosing the weight you want then add the running into your walks, and weights 2-3 times a week to tighten up that loose skin that comes along with loosing the weight.
Now if you are already at the weight you want I have one phrase for you....
RUN FOREST RUN,
tone up that body... and enjoy the wind in your hair!