Get Moving: Jogging Gives You Wings

The benefits of jogging are monumental. Jogging is one of the oldest and most popular forms of aerobic exercise. Exercise fads have come and gone, but the simplicity of jogging has withstood societal shifts in aerobic routines. Like other forms of exercise, there are many health benefits to jogging. Before you start off on a jogging regimen consult your physician or a therapist to determine if jogging is right for you. If you are ready to start the practice, take it up slowly. Begin with brisk walks at first and then slowly start running in short spurts to build endurance. They say the ideal form is to land midfoot to toe. This reduces pressure on your lower back and knees, two common pains often associated with jogging. Wear comfortable clothes that don’t chafe and be sure to be fitted for shoes that keep your feet comfortable and stable. Typically one should buy running shoes about a  half size bigger than your actual size, to give your toes wiggle room.

Whether you are jogging indoors or out, getting on a regular jogging regimen has many benefits for your overall health and well-being. You may want to try jogging in different times of the day to see when it feels the best for you or when taking the time most fits into your schedule. The benefits of jogging in the morning are that you are fresh, well-rested, and if you run on an empty stomach, could burn more fat. Afternoon jogs on the other hand can help you blow-off steam and accumulated stress from the day. Either way you will thank yourself for getting into the practice and beginning down the path to improved health and better overall morale. Here are some reasons you may want to start today….

1. Jogging can Infuse Positivity
One of the benefits of jogging everyday is that this activity can infuse a sense of positivity and can make one feel more motivated and inspired in life.  This happens not only because jogging shapes the body and makes one feel good about themselves but also because this form of workout helps clear the head and improves the mental health of a person.

2. Jogging Helps Burn Calories
If you are looking for a way to burn calories or lose weight, then jogging can be the perfect way to do so. Jogging a few kilometers everyday can help the body to get rid of unwanted weight and fat and thus proves to be an effective physical workout.

3. Makes One Feel More Alert through the Day

Jogging can really help one feel less lethargic and more alert everyday and can prove to be a boost to the energy levels. This form of workout is ideal for mornings since it adds a whole new zest to live the day and work hard throughout it.

4. Acts as a Natural Antidepressant
Another superb health benefit that jogging provides is that it acts as a natural antidepressant.  Hitting the park or road can be a good way to give some time to yourself and clear your head of all worries.  It can help tackle some underlying problems easily and hence acts as a natural mood booster. Besides fighting depression, jogging also enables one to deal with everyday stress in a much better way.

5. Tones the Legs
Jogging can help to tone the legs, the butt, the thighs and thus proves to be a great lower body workout. If you are looking for a way to shape your body, jogging is one of the best options for you.

6. Helps Tackle High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
Those who jog everyday are less likely to have many common health conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol etc. In fact those suffering from this problem are recommended to jog or run every day for a few minutes.  Even heart patients can improve their heart health by jogging for a few minutes on a daily basis.

7. Jogging can Help Improve the Skin
By sweating out through jogging your body flush out the toxins which can further help you to get clearer and glowing skin. Jogging can be a great way to improve your skin texture and may help you get rid of spots, acne and other conditions.

If you are interested in getting started please consult one of our therapists and we will work with you to come up with a plan to get you started. Happy Jogging!