As a foodie, it is pretty obvious that we like to eat, however it can get your diet into trouble at times. While we love to indulge from time to time, it is important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle to counterbalance our efforts in the kitchen. This is why we decided to hit upon some exercise ideas, in particular jogging. We have been runners for years, and we even take our kids along with us. Let’s see what getting outside and moving can do for your body.
Millions of people around the world go jogging everyday for various reasons. Jogging can have a positive influence on a person’s overall fitness levels. While most people take up jogging to lose weight, some simply jog because they enjoy it but there are a lot of other benefits of running that aren’t always discussed.
It is good for the heart
There are reports floating around that jogging can cause heart attacks. These are unfounded according to most cardiologists and medical researchers. What studies have found about the impact of jogging on the heart is that it can actually reduce the risk of heart attack. Statistically speaking 5 out of 400,000 people who participate in marathons have had heart attacks and those 5 might not have had those attacks because of the physical exertion but merely because of some underlying cardiovascular condition they may not have been aware of hence the need to consult with a medical doctor when you decide to take on some sort of exercise.
Not only can jogging reduce the risk of heart disease but also strengthens the cardiovascular system, improving blood circulation and enabling your lungs to function as efficiently as possible. The British Heart foundation has also estimated that jogging can help curb 10,000 heart attack each year.
It strengthens bones
Jogging involves a high degree of impact on the joints. Your bones have to absorb five times the weight of your body with each stride. At the end of each long jog or marathon, a runner would have lost a centimeter of their length as a result of the repetitive pounding of muscle, tightening and compression of the vertebrae. This fact has been used to sell a lot of home exercise equipment that promises minimum impact on bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Society running is actually one of the best way to strengthen your bones. The shrinkage that occurs is only temporary.
Jogging makes the lungs work more efficiently
An average person’s lungs work unusually harder when they are jogging than when he or she is sedentary. The increased intake of oxygen gets the cardiovascular system working harder and with time, the system will get stronger and work more efficiently with the lungs. It might be hard at first to get the rhythm of running and breathing right but with time, it becomes effortless.
The most common reason for people to start jogging is because it’s the simplest cardiovascular exercise around. All you need is a pair of comfortable running shoes, comfortable sweats and a road to run on. Sometimes, it is not even a road but a track through the woods. Simply put, it’s the next progression that a person who needs to shed weighed can make from simply walking. Running at a pace of ten minutes per mile can burn an average of 4 calories per hour for every pound of your own body weight. This means you can burn 580 calories per hour. You cannot do this with walking, cycling or swimming.
You should, however, note that you lose a liter of fluids with every hour spent running so it is important to drink water and also important not to jump on that scale immediately after a run because you will get false results.
It increases your body’s metabolic rate
Research has found that the efficiency with which your body burns fat is significantly raised during a run. This metabolic rate continues to be elevated even after a run.
Involving the kids
From a young age we wanted our children to understand the virtues of exercise and fitness. We did not want them to grow up and be couch potatoes or be glued in front of a computer screen. We invested in a jogging stroller so that we could take them with us and get them out of the house. This had the added benefit of not having to find a sitter while we worked out. We love these pieces of equipment and highly recommend them to active parents. If this is something that you might be interested in using with your own children then we recommend reviewing the latest running stroller ratings to find something that you can afford. They can be quite pricey but they are worth every penny.
As our children grew, we started taking them on short runs and longer walks to spend time with them and to give them a proper example of staying active. Hopefully this is something that they take with them as they get older, but it has been a great bonding experience and a cool way to spend time together as a family.
Overall jogging is more than just a means to lose weight but it has been known to be effective at boosting mental performance. Most people do not know that when they jog endorphins are released in the body. This is what causes that “good” feeling after a run. Regular jogging relives the body of stress. Jogging does more than help you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or give you a momentary high – it can actually increase your lifespan. By making a simple commitment to jog for a few minutes or hours a day at a pace that is comfortable for you, you can change your life for the better.