Jogging is More Than Just One Foot in Front of the Other!

Jogging is More Than Just One Foot in Front of the Other!

Jogging is not only one of the best ways to burn fat and lose weight; it also makes your heart and lungs stronger. You can jog almost anywhere and just about any time you want, making it very convenient to do. This is why there are so many people who do it. In fact, regular jogging will give you ripped abs and it will also condition your legs well so that they are less prone to injury of any kind. Jogging is definitely a very good exercise for the body and the mind.

The trouble that most people have in the beginning is not knowing how to get started properly and they usually end up doing it wrong. This has prompted scores of people to quit doing it before it has had enough time to do them any good. 

Let’s take a look at some things that may make it a little easier to get started on a jogging routine without running yourself into the ground.

The first and probably the most common mistake people make when starting a jogging routine is that they start out too fast. They go out and pace themselves much too fast and end up huffing and puffing out of breath after 5 or 10 minutes. This is an instant recipe for failure and many people quit within a few days.

Some people who are a little more resilient may keep going for a while thinking that if they just stay with it long enough, it will start to get easier. Usually what happens is it gets harder because even though they might be getting in better condition, they continue to push harder along the way so it seems that there is no progress. 

When you are about to set out on a jogging routine, the best thing you can do is buy a heart rate monitor before you ever jog your first step. With one of these, you can set up a pace that is comfortable for you and you can keep within that level throughout your jog. This means that you will not have to “guess” about the pace and you will not have to feel like your lungs are on fire when you are finished. 

The key here is to always jog between 50% and 70% of your maximal heart rate. This is easy to do with a heart rate monitor because you can keep a close check on your heart rate as you go. You can speed your pace up if it goes a little low, and slow down if it goes a little high. You can even slow to a walking pace if your heart rate goes too high, and resume a jogging pace once it goes below 50%. 

The way for you to know where your heart rate should be to be between 50% and 70% is by using this formula:

Subtract your age from 220. This will be your maximal heart rate. Now, simply multiply this by .50 and .70 and that will give you your targeted heart zone. Below is an example of this formula.

Say you are age 40

220 minus 40 equals 180

180 times .50 equals 90

180 times .70 equals 126

By looking at this example, you can see that if you are 40 years old, you would keep your heart rate between 90 and 126 while doing your jog.

The fact is, you do not need to go fast to get benefits from jogging, it is how long you are moving that counts. It is more beneficial to cover a mile in say, 15 minutes than to cover it in 7 minutes and then be exhausted and in pain. 

If you stay within the limits of your heart rate capabilities, you will begin to add more time and miles to your jog as you go and jogging will become something you look forward to instead of something you dread doing. Stay consistent with your jogging and watch your ripped abs pop out as you begin to enjoy it more and more.

Besides knowing the mechanics of jogging, you especially need a good pair of running shoes. I am a Nike girl. I have been wearing Nike's for my whole life. Specifically, when it comes to running and jogging, I wear LunaGlide running shoes. They are light weight and have good flexibility in the arch and has amazing support in the heel helping me with my plantar fasciitis. I love bright colors so I ordered them in orange!

When I jog and exercise I also use my Apple Watch Series 2 Nike edition. It logs my distance, my heart rate and my location just to name a few features. It also logs everything for me so I can look back on my history or workouts. I highly recommend the Apple Watch. I am in love with it! You can read more about Apple Watches here.

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