Man jogging on a path

Jogging is a form of aerobic exercise that differs from running only in intensity. Jogging is generally at a more leisurely pace than running, though it can be used as a warm up to running or sprinting. Sprinting is running over a short distance at or near top speed.

Jogging is not necessarily the most effective form of exercise. The exercises that work all our major muscle groups with minimal risk of stress or injury are swimming, gymnastics and cycling.

Jogging has several disadvantages:

  • It tends to cause leg, knee and foot injuries, particularly if you run on a hard surface frequently
  • There are dangers in exercising on roads, e.g. traffic
  • Only the lower half of the body receives adequate work. Almost as much energy is used by brisk walking than jogging for the same distance, as more steps are taken.

Those who do like jogging should ensure that it is done on a grass surface in good quality shoes, and where there are no traffic hazards. Before you start jogging you should ensure that you have adequately stretched your muscles, any exercises you perform suit your level of fitness and that you have weighed in the risks and benefits if you have a pre-existing condition. You should also ensure that you are consuming enough fluids, water is your friend.

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