Can I Lose Weight from Jogging in the House?

Even in front of the TV, jogging can help you shed pounds.
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When you're ready to lose weight, finding an exercise that you enjoy doing and is convenient will help you maintain a fitness routine. Jogging in your house lets you burn calories while staying in the comfort of your home. Whether you jog in place, up and down the hall or on the stairs, jogging at home can help you lose the weight you want.


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Jogging at home doesn't have to mean running from room to room for hours every day. Instead, break up your jogging routine into several short sessions that are manageable and fit into your schedule. How many sessions you should do depends on how many calories you want to burn and your fitness goals. Put on some good running shoes to give your feet and legs the proper support, then either jog in place in front of the TV or choose a route that winds through your house. Make sure your route is free of obstacles.


Burning Those Calories

While you won't burn as many calories jogging in your house as you would running a cross-country race, you'll still torch a significant number of calories. Jogging in place for 12 minutes, for example, can help you burn more than 100 calories. You must create a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound, and burning 100 calories several times as day as you jog at home can get you to that goal faster.


Stepping Up the Workout

Jogging at home doesn't have to mean staying in one room. If your house has stairs, jogging up and down the stairs can ramp up your calorie burn to help you lose weight faster. A 150-pound person who jogs up and down the stairs for 12 minutes could burn more than 200 calories. Hold onto the rail for stability as you jog up and down -- going down is sometimes harder, because it works your legs differently, especially your knees.


Eating Right Makes a Difference

Diet is important, because you can't lose weight unless you burn more calories than you take in every day. Eating a healthy, low-calorie diet helps keep your energy levels up and your calorie intake down. Focus your diet on low-fat or fat-free dairy, lean meats, whole grains and lots of fruits and vegetables. Baking or steaming your food helps reduce the need for cooking with fats such as butter. Combine a healthy diet with your jogging regimen for the best results.