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Benefits of Jogging

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The benefits of jogging and running are quite similar, but the activities are quite different. The significant difference between jogging and running is the intensity of the activity. Running is more strenuous than jogging, and thus people who go for a run burn a significantly higher amount of calories than those who jog.

Benefits of Jogging and Running

As mentioned before, there are many benefits of jogging. So, let us look at them.

Better Immune System

Earlier it was thought that performing vigorous exercise could make you more prone to diseases. However, more detailed research showed that the effects of exercise are quite the opposite. Activities such as jogging strengthen the immune system and help against short-term as well as long term illnesses.

Reduces Stress

In a 2013 review, it was discovered that the benefits of jogging include relief from stress. The study concluded that jogging helps in improving executive functioning and reduces the damage caused to the brain due to aging or stress. A recent test performed on mice showed that when a group of mice that put in stressful circumstances and then allowed to run on the wheels performed better when they were given a maze to navigate through than the mice who weren’t allowed any exercise.

Helps Cope with Depression

Experts at Mayo Clinic recommend people who suffer from depression or anxiety to go for a jog or any similar physical activity. The increase in the level of cortisol is common in people suffering from depression, and people who exercise regularly show a reduction in their cortisol level within the first couple of months of starting an exercise.

Helps Improve Spine Flexibility

Your spine doesn’t only consist of bones. There are flexible disc-like pads that prevent bones from grinding against each other. However, as a person ages, these pads get corroded. However, a study of 79 participants showed that the benefits of jogging included a higher level of glycosaminoglycan, which is a component of the padding between the vertebrae. Thus, proving that people who jog regularly have lower chances of suffering from spine-related issues, later in their lives.

Helps in Reducing Weight

One of the most well-known benefits of jogging is weight loss. Cardiovascular exercises are the way to go if you want to reduce your weight. In one study, it was discovered that the exercise that requires more pace leads to more weight loss. So, if you want to reduce weight, but running is not your cup of tea, then jogging would also be an excellent way to reduce weight.

Positive Effect on Insulin Resistance

America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 84 million Americans have symptoms that could lead to diabetes. However, these symptoms could be controlled and prevent the onset of diabetes. One such symptom is insulin resistance. It prevents the cells in our bodies to use insulin effectively. Thus, the blood sugar levels are not controlled by our body. However, a recent study found that people who jog or run regularly showed a decline in their insulin resistance. The research mentions that the reduction in insulin resistance is caused by the decrease in body fat and inflammation.

Things to Do Before You Start Jogging

Looking at the numerous benefits of jogging, you might be excited to begin. But, before doing so, ensure that you do the following things.

  • First of all, meet your doctor, especially if you are overweight or haven’t done any exercise for a while.
  • Use proper running shoes because a pair of shoes that are either too tight or too loose could lead to an injury.
  • A good posture is also necessary if you are jogging. Running without a proper posture, i.e., with a slumped shoulders or head down, puts stress on your body, which not a good thing. The proper posture means that your core is engaged, shoulders are straight, and the eyes are facing forward.

Jogging Benefits FAQs

 

How Many Times A Week Should I Jog?

It would be a good practice if you jog every day but jogging at least 4-5 days a week with some additional exercise is also a good option.

Does Jogging Help with Losing Belly Fat?

Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercises, such as jogging, are a great way to lose weight. In many cases, you don’t even need a special diet to help with weight reduction.

Can Jogging Help with Skin Improvement?

Generally, jogging increases blood flow in your body. This increased blood flow helps with cellular regeneration and thus helps with skin improvement.

How Long Should I Jog?

Ideally, you should cover around two to three kilometres while jogging, or in terms of time, you should jog for at least half an hour.

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