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Benefits of Jogging, when and how to do



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Jogging is the best cardiovascular exercise which keeps you fit and improves your endurance. It is not only beneficial to your physical body but also the best choice for your mental health. Adrenaline and other hormones are pumped into the bloodstreams that relieves your stress and increase your memory power.

Benefits of jogging:

  • Lose weight

Jogging accelerates metabolism which in turn burns more calories. Burning more calories from your body means,you are losing weight.

  • Burns Belly fat

Burns excess fat from your abdomen and that lead you to a flat belly.

  • Strengthen muscles and bones

Since jogging  strengths the muscles and bones,especially in the hips,legs and back,it helps you decelerate the aging process.

  • Improves immunity power

Regular jogging keeps you away from most of the diseases and it also helps to increase the lung capacity and strengthen your heart muscles.

  • Improves mental strength

Apart from giving endurance and strength to your physical part,it also works well for your mind.Regular jogging helps to relieve stress. It improves your physical appearance and that will boost your self confidence.

When and How:

Most of the people choose morning for jogging. It helps you keep refreshed throughout the day.Try to do at least 15 minutes of warm up like brisk walking because your muscles will be cold and the body functions are at their lowest efficiency in the morning.The recommended best time for jogging is between 5 pm and 7pm since your muscles will be warm and your body functionalities will be at the highest efficiency. But it’s your choice.

Never run too fast in the beginning stages. As beginner your body needs to get adapted to the new routines.You can increase the pace after some days. You should not feel uncomfortable while jogging.It’s always best to take shorter strides,allowing your feet to land on the heel and transfer the weight to the toe and go ahead. Since jogging works all your body,you have to maintain a good posture,breathing must be a combination of mouth and nose and your arms should be in a comfortable position.Do not forget to do some stretching exercises after the jogging. To avoid injuries warm up,jogging and stretching must be the routine.

Be careful:

  • Always wear shoes that fit while jogging. Never run without shoes.
  • Wear bright garments
  • Use foot path for jogging
  • Obey traffic rules.
  • If you are above 35, consult a doctor before start jogging.
  • Drinking water just before jogging leads to cramping. So drink half an hour before jogging.
  • Carry a water bottle with you that keeps you hydrated while jogging.
  • Do not over-train. It may lead to blisters, soreness in the leg and makes you so tired.
  • Maintain a balanced diet

For beginners, the first few days will be tough, because body and mind required to get adapted to the this physical activity. Don’t give up in the beginning.After some days your body will get the required strength and will be prepared to perform the jogging at a decent speed. Dream  about the fittest body and enjoy jogging.