We all know that both running and jogging are popular forms of physical activity and a lot of people do it even in different stages of life, they just do it according to how they can handle it. Probably one of the reasons why these forms of activity are so popular for exercise is because it really doesn’t cost much for you to participate except for maybe a good pair of running or jogging shoes.
There are an awful lot of health benefits that one can get from both running and jogging such as:
- It helps to build stronger bones.
- It strengthens all of your muscles since you use nearly all of your muscles in the process of running or jogging.
- It helps to improve your cardiovascular health.
- Burns up plenty of calories.
- Helps you to maintain a healthy weight.Some people who don’t do either activity often wonder what’s the difference between running and jogging or is there a difference? Well there is. See, the difference between running and jogging is the intensity of the activities. Running is generally a lot faster and it uses up more calories and it does demand a lot more effort on the part of your heart, muscles and lungs. Running does require a much higher level of overall fitness than jogging does.However, jogging is good for you as well because both running and jogging are great forms of aerobic exercise and aerobic exercise is great for getting rid of body fat.If you have never done either exercise before and are suddenly thinking about taking one or both up it’s always a good idea for you to think about what you actually want to try to achieve by running or jogging. You may want to do some goal setting.
- Getting fit – if you are truly a beginner at this it’s important that you start off slow with maybe just brisk walking at first and then lead up to jogging and finally work up to actual running. This more than likely will take a few months if you stay at it faithfully.
- General fitness – you can do this by mixing your running with other kinds of exercise like swimming or even team sports, this way you’ll maximize your overall well being.
- Weight loss – if you want to include weight loss with you running and jogging make sure that you adjust your diet along with it by making sure that you eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies along with lean meat, some whole grains and low fat dairy products. You might want to cut out high sugar content foods and soft drinks with lots of sugar.
- Consider companionship – often it’s a lot easier to meet your goals if you run or jog with a friend and if you can’t find a friend to join you, you might want to find a local running club and join them.
- Competition – is something you only want to consider if you are at the point where you are in pretty good shape now. Often you can get into competitions through running clubs, so if you join one they can help get you ready to be able to compete if that’s what your ultimate goal might be.
If you are truly a beginner when it comes to running or jogging it’s really important that you follow these general tips for all beginners:
- Make sure that you go see your doctor first and get a check up before you start up any running or jogging program. This is really important if you are over 40, have a weight problem, haven’t exercised for some time or if you have some sort of chronic illness. Make sure that your doctor does a pre-exercise screening this tool will help them identify any medical conditions that might put you at higher risk for any health problems arising during heavy physical activity. It’s okay, running isn’t always for everyone.
- If given a clean bill of health then you should start off with just brisk walking. Start off at 30 minutes each time. You should do this for at least six weeks and then build up to jogging and increase your jogging time each time. It’s also good to alternate between jogging and walking at this stage.
- Always make sure to warm up and do stretches before you start jogging or running. You should also cool off your body with some light gentle stretches when you are done jogging or running.
- Be sure that you take plenty of fluids with you and always have a bottle of water with you when you are jogging or running. It’s important to drink plenty before as well as after running or jogging.
- It’s important to your body that you rest at least two full days a week and don’t do any running or jogging so that you can avoid over training which can in the end cause your body injury.
- It’s important to always plan out your route. Try to find a flat area, one that is grassy if possible instead of hard ground or loose surfaces like gravel or sand.
- It’s really not a good idea to run or jog near a road. I know, you see it all the time, but it’s really not a very good idea. One of the main reasons is because of the exhaust fumes from the cars can increase your risk of respiratory issues as well as cardiovascular problems.
- The best times to run are in the early mornings or in the evening when pollution from vehicles is at it’s lowest.
- Always make sure to wear cotton clothing and loose. You might want to layer your upper body so you can take the layers off as needed during your run.
- Make sure to wear an SPF 30 sunscreen to all exposed body areas.
- Finally, make sure that you buy a really good pair of shoes.
Be safe and stay healthy!