Jogging doesn’t give you an instant miracle solution to all your health problems, but it can contribute to overall health and fitness in a gradual manner, especially if you keep it as a regular habit. If you’re a bit unsure about jogging, here are some things to consider so that in no time at all, you’ll also learn to love jogging.
- Set achievable, practical goals. To get into the mood, start with a goal that serves as your driving force for jogging. Maybe you spend too much time in front of the computer or sitting in front of a desk in your office and you sometimes feel like your legs and limbs have no strength in them anymore because they’re always in a resting position. It’s the perfect excuse to start jogging. To develop strength in your limbs and to keep your body active can be one of your goals. Set practical, simple and achievable goals so as not to disappoint yourself. For example, losing 10 pounds in just a week of jogging is quite impossible.
- Wear comfortable, sturdy running shoes. If you don’t have running shoes, better invest in a comfy-fitting pair. Buy the right kind. They don’t have to be expensive and the latest trend, but they should fit your feet perfectly and make you feel comfortable when running or walking in them.
- Take it slow. If you’ve lived quite a sedentary life prior to starting jogging, and if you haven’t done some exercises in quite a long time, it’s better to take things slow. Don’t shock your body with abrupt strenuous running or jogging. Pace yourself and maybe start with 20 minutes of walking and jogging twice a week. Then if your body is up for it, continue on to thirty minutes for three times a week. Know your pace and establish a routine.
- Don’t wear yourself out. Listen to your body and stop when you suddenly feel very tired. Don’t push yourself to the point that you feel body pains all the time. Don’t jog when you’re sick. Get a much deserved rest and skip a day or two of jogging. Continue when you feel all better again. Some people give up easily because they pushed themselves to the limit too soon and suffered cramps and muscle pains.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Always have a handy bottle with you whenever you go out for exercises, walks, jogging, and running. You need to replace all those fluids you lost to keep your body functioning well.
- Add variations and change your pace. Once you’ve established a normal routine and once your body has gotten used to all the movement and exercises you have subjected it to, don’t be afraid to mix it up a little. You can try to jog or run purely for 20 minutes then have a few minutes in between for brisk walking. You may try to go a different route or direction than what you usually take. You can try to speed up or slow down or do different kinds of exercises in between jogs.
- Invite a friend or companion to jog with you. Sometimes it gets lonely or even boring so why not try to invite a friend, a family member, or someone you trust to accompany you and join you on your goal to fitness. It’s good to be able to inspire someone else and to have lively and interesting company to talk with.
- Listen to music while jogging. If you like listening to music, try bringing an iPod with you the next time you go jogging. It just might make a more interesting difference to your jogging experience.
- Enjoy the fresh air and the scenery. One best thing about jogging outdoors is that you get to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the outdoor scenery. There’s always something new to discover when you get to explore the outdoors.
- Think of it as time for yourself. You might complain that work or even family matters don’t leave you with enough time for yourself. You can consider jogging as your time for solitude and reflection, when no one else can disturb you.
- Think of positive, encouraging thoughts while jogging. If deep reflection while jogging is not appealing for some, resort to positive, uplifting thoughts. It can be as simple as looking forward to surprises the rest of the day might bring, thinking of what video to watch with your family at night, planning a new dessert to try out, a romantic dinner, an afternoon with friends.
- Don’t give up! You’re just starting out and you may feel some aches and pains especially if you haven’t done stretches and exercises for a long time. But eventually, you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll feel as if your body has become more fit and active. After all, our bodies should always be used and well taken care of.
You will learn to love jogging in no time if you keep an open and positive attitude about it. Follow these tips.