In the News: How Running or Jogging Can Help You Lose Various Things

Aug 31st 2011

Readers, I have some good news and some sad news.

As covered recently in approximately 18,000 media outlets, Duke University researchers have concluded that "Jogging beats weight lifting for losing belly fat."

That's a representative headline, from an article on, which explains:

Aerobic exercise is better than resistance training if you want to lose the belly fat that poses a serious threat to your health, researchers say.

That's the finding of their eight-month study that compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (such as jogging), resistance training (such as weight lifting), or a combination of the two activities in 196 overweight, sedentary adults aged 18 to 70.

So the good news is that aerobic activity is a clear winner, when it comes to reducing "belly fat."

The sad news is that this apparently applies only to joggers. Not to runners. Most news outlets, including USA Today, are using the j-word in their coverage. Will running also work to burn belly fat? We just don't know.

Further complicating matters is our own hugely popular book, Run Your Butt Off!, whose central premise is that running can, at a minimum, help you lose your butt.

Confused yet? You aren't alone. All these activities, all these losses… It's a lot to keep straight. In an effort to help clear things up, I've summarized the salient details of these findings, as well as some other helpful information, here:

Good luck. Now get out there and run or jog something off!