Jogging is one of the most popular means to lose excess fats which are the primary culprit for curves that are not in place. In fact, according to Sports and Fitness Industry Association, 29,843,000 Americans jog in 2013. The streets are not only home to fast cars but of dedicated joggers as well. Looking at it perceptively, people who jog follows a shift. There are morning joggers who take advantage of the sun. There are afternoon and evening joggers who appreciate the coolness of the environment. Also, joggers jog various distances. Some can travel miles like their cars, only at a slower pace. Others barely make it to the next street. Joggers can be categorized according to the number of hours they spend on their running shoes. Others can last for as long as 4 hours while others give up in 5 minutes.
Jogging is beneficial to health. There is no question to that. However, just like any other means to be fit, there is a ‘recipe’ to maximize the health benefits jogging can offer. This is particularly essential to know so as not to defeat the purpose of staying healthy, primarily through jogging.
So what constitutes the healthy type of jogging? Turns out, light jogging, which is equivalent to 1 to 2.4 hours a week is the most ideal recommendation for people to receive its maximum benefits. Worse, the 12-year study conducted by researchers in Copenhagen City Heart Study says that joggers who jog strenuously and those who don’t have equal chances of dying. The study compared mortality of healthy joggers and people who don’t jog but are clinically healthy. They track both groups’ jogging hours, pace, and frequency. Light joggers also had lower blood pressure and BMI than those who didn’t jog.
Most recent data shows that jogging can significantly add years to a person’s life expectancy. Actual figures reveal an additional 6.2 years and 5.6 years for men and women, respectively. Of course, not everyone can jog. It is important to ask for a physician’s advice whether jogging is permitted.
Jogging reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by half. Aside from this, the load jogging puts on the heart makes it efficiently pump to sustain the needs of the body. In fact, British Heart Foundation states that on an annual basis, if people are regularly jogging, 10,000 deaths caused by heart diseases could be prevented.
Aside from this, metabolism rate is faster even after hours of running. Sports scientists reports that the body starts to burn more calories as early as the first 20 minutes of jogging. If done regularly, jogging can cause regular joggers to burn 3.5 times more body fat than those who do not jog.
In pursuing the end of the road to fitness, it is important to know how to do things right. For over a decade, the popular notion was the harder and longer you jog, the faster the body will achieve a healthy state. For health and fitness enthusiasts out there, here is a piece of advice: jog wisely, not hardly.
- SFIA – Running/Jogging Participation Report 2014
- Science Daily – Light jogging may be most optimal for longevity: Too much strenuous jogging may be harmful
- Science Daily – Regular jogging shows dramatic increase in life expectancy
- Mail Online – What jogging does to your body