Jogging Into Summer

  • Posted by admin
  • 06.03.15
  • 1:08 pm

Jogging is an effective, cost efficient and time efficient workout. Jogging also challenges your cardiovascular system and can help prevent heart disease. Beginning a jogging routine might seem daunting, but with patience and a few simple tips, you can become a safe, efficient runner.

Before You Begin:

In order to avoid injuries, it is imperative to learn correct form before you even hit the pavement. Always begin your jogs with a warm-up and end with a cool down, regardless of their length and intensity. For jogging, a moderate to brisk walk can be used for both the warm-up and cool down. While jogging, make sure your heel touches the ground first, followed by the ball of your foot and then push off with the front of your foot. Position your elbows at a 90-degree angle at your sides and keep your hands relaxed. Avoid twisting your upper body or moving your arms across your body. Lean your body slightly forward from your ankles and keep your head level.

The Only Gear You Really Need:

You don’t need a lot for running. In fact, the only thing you really need is a pair of shoes. Runner’s World has a Shoe Finder that can help you make the perfect selection but make sure you don’t bother with any extra magic or accessories. A simple pair of running shoes will do the trick for most people. Below are some of the top recommended running shoes released for 2015:

Saucony Triumph ISO
Brooks Launch 2
Brooks Ravenna 6
New Balance 860v5
Asics 33-M
Mizuno Wave Rider 18

Be Patient with Yourself:

With so many outdoor activities available right now such as cycling and hiking, it is easy to assume that if you stay active that your strength will automatically transfer over to make you a better runner. You will find yourself disappointed quickly if you approach a beginners jogging program with high expectations. In the beginning of your running fitness it’s wise to run for 5 minutes, walk for 2 minutes. You will still get a great workout but this will end up being much easier on your body during and after the jog. Slowly build up this walk/run mixture to eventually phase out the walking so that you can run for a full 30-45 minutes.

Find a Time and Stick to It:

Routine is key especially as your life can throw unexpected twists at you every day. In order to stick to a workout program, it is recommended that you pick a time to dedicate to your fitness. You can schedule out your weeks in advance or commit to waking up an hour early to knock out your jog before your day begins. Try and set aside a time that really works with your other schedule and that can easily transfer into other seasons, and capture daylight most of the year. This way you can be sure that you have no excuses!