Jogging to lose weight
Jogging can actually be a brilliant way to lose weight!
Jogging is a much slower form of running, so it's much easier on your joints than full-on sprint training or full-speed running. You'll find that jogging can help you to start working on your cardio, and it will get you in the shape you want to be in. Every athlete and cardio nut started out with jogging, and it took them years to get to where they are now. If you want to get in serious shape, lose weight, and look fit, you'll want to start jogging TODAY!
Why should you jog instead of cycle, train on the elliptical machine, or run? There are a lot of great reasons you should jog:
- It's easier on your body than running. Running is exhausting, and unless you've built up stamina, you're not going to be able to do enough to lose weight. With jogging, it's lower impact and lower intensity, so you can last for longer.
- It's more effective than most other types of cardio. There are only two types of cardio more effective than jogging/running: swimming and rowing. Cycling, elliptical training, and even stair-climbing just aren't as good!
- You can start today. No matter how out of shape you are, you can start jogging today in order to get in shape.
How to Jog
If your goal is to lose weight, you're probably a bit out of shape. An hour of jogging will probably leave you exhausted and winded, so don't worry about going full-out just yet.
To start, just focus on jogging a single block. That's right, just one block! Not too bad, right? Now walk for a block, but keep your heart rate up. Once you reach the end of that block, jog again, but this time for two blocks. Walk one block, then jog for two--or go for three if you can.
Add more and more jogging time as you feel comfortable, and limit the amount of walking you do as your stamina increases. It's going to take time to work your way up to jogging for an hour, but you don't need to reach that goal today. Your only goal should be to push yourself as much as you can.
If you're working out at the gym on a treadmill, set your goal to be jogging for 2 minutes and walking for 30 seconds. Once you can reach that with ease, up it to walking for 5 minutes and walking for 30 seconds. By this time, you may find that you can actually jog effectively WITHOUT needing a break!
The key to jogging is to listen to your body. Don't try to run at high speeds, but settle into a pace and rhythm that is comfortable for you. You'll be breathing hard, sweating a lot, and your muscles will be tired, but that's just part of the process. Force your body to work as hard as it can, and then give it a rest. Unless you're training for a race, you have no need to push your body beyond exhaustion.
Once you get used to jogging, you'll find that your body will tell you what it can and can't do. You may be able to push yourself a bit more some days, while on other days you run out of energy early. Don't worry about it, but just keep jogging. What matters is that you NEVER reduce the amount of jogging you do, but always add more every week. Before you know it, you'll be jogging like a pro!