A jogger has shared a fitness hack that will help you stay in shape and lose weight fast – and with just a little work you can do it too.
TikTok star Dean Scott shared the advice with his followers, saying that if you follow his tips you will be able to run for miles and miles, burning fat the whole time.
He said the key is to stay below your maximum aerobic function heart rate, or MAF for short, which can be figured out by using a simple formula.
Dean said that if you stay below this level, you can run for hours without getting tired, adding that it’s the way that humans are supposed to run.
Explaining the formula, Dean said: “I always hated running, I was asthmatic from the age of 4 to 30, I’m 41 this year.
“If you want to learn how to run as far as you want to run, take the number 180, minus your age from that number, and the number you’re left with is your maximum aerobic heart rate number.
“Now using a fitness tracker watch with a heart rate monitor you’re never going to go beyond this number when you go for a run. That means when you run, you never lose your aerobic maximum heart rate.
“Running at this level is always fun, it’s always manageable, and it’s never exhausting – it’s the way humans are designed to run.
“When you run like this, you literally burn body fat the entire way round as you don’t go anaerobic.
“I’d also recommend getting some minimalist or drop type shoes so you can allow your natural body mechanics to come into play so you can run in a more natural fashion.”
Pioneered by Dr Phil Maffetone, the MAF method is described as key for long-distance runners.
On his website, he wrote: “The heart rate is a direct reflection of the body’s oxygen need. The relationship between one heartbeat and the next is associated with heart rate variability, which reflects parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) function.
“This is an important factor that professionals can use to assess heart health, and for athletes to evaluate recovery from training and racing.”