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3 Helpful Tips for Running and Jogging

March 22, 2016 by Phil Nataghi

There is probably no more natural form or exercise than running or jogging. People all around the world have been running for thousands of years, long before there were health clubs or exercise machines. In today’s age, when people don’t get much exercise and have health problems because of it, running or jogging can be a great way to get back in shape. You are about to learn some techniques that will make running really work for you.

Before you start jogging, and afterwards, be sure you do proper stretching exercises. You don’t want to hurt yourself, so be sure you learn how to stretch and then do it. There is obvious impact when you run, or jog, and the stretching warms up your muscles, makes them more flexible and able to safely absorb the impact. Here’s a great tip – relax. Relax the muscles you’re stretching as well as your entire body. Remember that if you are too aggressive when you stretch you can actually cause injuries, so go slow – no bouncing. Never push to the point of pain when you stretch, and if you do feel pain immediately and “slowly” back off.

Most importantly is to remember to ease into stretching whenever you do it, and relax. If you haven’t exercised in a while but want to start jogging, you should talk to your doctor first. If you have any health problems, this is especially important. While almost everyone could benefit from jogging, your doctor will have specific advice for you based on your medical history. One advantage to jogging is that it can accommodate all fitness levels, as you can start off slowly for short distances, so in all likelihood your doctor will encourage you to jog. It’s still a good idea to consult with him or her, however, in case there are any special precautions you should take.

Warming up before you run, or walk, and then warming down are both important – as well as proper stretching exercises. Don’t run at your full speed and then stop all of a sudden, but give your body a chance to gradually cool down. So it’s really important so you don’t experience tightness and injury to begin slow, run, and then slow down before coming to a walk. Then it’s a good idea to do some light stretches. If you’re interested you can encourage your heart to relax more by simply elevating both feet to a comfortable point above the plane of your heart. In conclusion, the running tips we’ve been discussing can help you to stay healthy and motivated so you stick with your exercise program. Remember that if you hope to get in shape using running, you have to make the activity a part of what you do on a daily basis. Therefore, always ensure that you use your head when running or jogging so that you can keep away from many of the issues many joggers find themselves facing.