Jogging is one of the most popular and fastest growing fitness activities in the entire world. Its low barriers to entry in terms of cost mean that anyone with a will can put on a pair of trainers and start trying to move faster than a fast walk, whereas its flexibility in terms of time means that it can fit around a busy modern persons lifestyle.
Because jogging is so accessible, jogging is a great way to kick start a new fitness or weight-loss plan but there are a few pitfalls that you need to avoid. Taking the time to read these top tips will pay dividends in a few weeks time as you will be less likely to pick up any running related injuries and will be maximizing the fitness benefits from your newfound sport.
Seek Medical Advice Before You Start Jogging.
This may sound like a boring thing to do but it is essential. You may not have done any exercise for a good few years and therefore the stresses that jogging can place on your body can really cause some damage if you have any underlying medical conditions or are just very out of shape.
Your doctor will be able to advise you on how to progress your training and also may be able to give advice on any underlying conditions that may be effected by your fitness program, offering advice on how to manage your conditions where appropriate.
Invest In Specialist Running Shoes
I have lost count of the times that I see people out jogging wearing improper foot-ware. Running in converse, flats or your gym trainers is not acceptable and places an enormous amount of stress on your lower body, leading to show stopping injuries.
Every time that your foot hits the ground a large amount of shock is generated. This passes through the shoe and into your lower body where venerable joints and tendons soak up the shock. Quickly you can pick up impact and overuse injuries which can damage joints permanently and stop your fitness plans in their tracks.
By simply investing in a pair of proper running shoes you can drastically reduce your chance of injury. If you go to a specialist running shop, they will watch you jog on a treadmill in store and can then advice on the right shoe for you. No shoe is the same and there are several different categories that are suited for runners with a different type of gait (pronation, neutral etc).
Start Your Program Gently and Grow Your Program Slowly
Running is a sport where you will quickly feel the training benefits as long as you put in the hard work but this does not mean that you need to run every day. You should follow a running schedule put together by a coach so that you build-in recovery days as well as days where you run either faster or slower as well as shorter or longer then you usually would and over different types of terrain. By doing this you are not only giving your body a chance to recovery on the days when you are not running, but the different types of speed, distance and surface challenge your fitness in different ways.
Never increase your distance by more than 10% per week, especially in the early stages of your training. It takes time for your body to become adjusted to the rigors of jogging and therefore you need to take it slowly. Before long you will be powering away at half marathons and marathons but for now take it easy, concentrate on your technique and enjoy yourself.