Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. About one in five Jamaicans try running (or jogging) at some stage in their life. Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part in and you can run at any time that suits you.
Personally, I am a gym person and hate jogging, but this year my life took a turn and financially, the gym was just out of my reach; gosh, I miss those Step classes with my favourite gym instructor.
What was I going to do? That spinning bike is just so boring. I decided that I would try jogging and guess what, after three weeks I am feeling really great!
This is how I approached it.
The first day I started out walking, not a slow walk but briskly and a little faster than I would normally walk; I did that for 3 miles.
The next day I did the same, but I challenged myself to 4 miles.
Then the next day, I was jogging for the same 4 miles.
I had to will myself to get up for the 4th day, but I did it, and even though the jogging was mixed with a jog and walk, I did 4 miles.
My last day, because I am actually doing it 5 times a week, was great; I jogged all the way.
The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, uses more kilojoules and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Running requires a higher level of overall fitness than jogging. Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat.
Benefits of Jogging or Running
I just had to share that bit; all you need to know is that I am running and have already lost three lbs. Just start, and you will be surprised about what you could accomplish after 3 weeks. We can talk about proper footwear, making it as comfortable as possible, and safety is important too; however, get going and get going now!