Jogging is a fantastic exercise for beginners and experienced fitness enthusiasts alike. All you need to get started is a good pair of running shoes and once you get in a regular routine, it will have a hugely positive effect on your health. In today’s Fitness Friday, I’m going to be delving deeper into why jogging’s such a good exercise and looking at five of the key health benefits of jogging. (Yup….the nerd in me is being revealed AGAIN… LOL. Brace yourself!)
1 – Jogging Improves Your Endurance
Oxygen is an essential part of the energy production process in your body and allows you to release and use the energy in the foods you eat. Jogging regularly strengthens your lungs, strengthens your heart and increases the ability of your muscles to absorb oxygen. This results in your body being able to inhale, pump and absorb oxygen with greater efficiency and generate more energy when you exercise. The long term effect of this is that you’re endurance consistently improves and you can jogger increasingly longer distances every time you hit the road.
2 – Jogging Helps You Burn Body Fat
Jogging is a very efficient calorie burner and blasts through an impressive 667 calories when you jog at a speed of 10kph. By jogging just twice a week, you can burn off over 1,000 calories and if you jog more frequently, you can put a real dent in your body fat levels.
3 – Jogging Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can weaken your blood vessels, damage your vital organs and restrict the flow of blood to your heart. Studies have shown that jogging regularly can lower your blood pressure and therefore protect you from all these negative health consequences of high blood pressure.
4 – Jogging Strengthens Your Heart
As mentioned above, jogging regularly strengthens your heart, makes it more efficient and allows it to pump more blood with each stroke. This makes it less susceptible to heart disease and heart attacks. It also keeps all your other cells, muscles and vital organs healthy by ensuring that they have a constant supply of oxygen flowing to them.
5 – Jogging Improves Your Sleep Quality
Studies have shown that jogging can improve your sleep patterns and sleep quality in a number of ways. First, it helps to set your circadian rhythms and allows you to easily fall asleep at night. Second, jogging has a positive effect on your mind and helps you feel less stressed and more relaxed and this promotes optimal sleep quality.
As you can see, jogging is an excellent addition to any fitness regime and one that will enhance your health in numerous ways. So if you’ve been thinking about making jogging part of your fitness routine for some time, get started today and enjoy all the health benefits listed above.
So, what do you say? Ready to gain accountability and begin jogging on a regular? The FIT to LEAD accountability group will begin this weekend. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, be sure to grab this 20-min exercise routine you can do from home.
Cheers to your fitness journey!