Jogging and Running

The difference between jogging and running is mainly intensity. Jogging is a slower, less intense version of running. Running is moving with quick steps on alternate feet, and never having both feet on the ground at the same time. Running is one of the most popular aerobic activities. Even short jogs can be helpful in increasing your metabolism and in burning more calories than you would on a walk. Adding five or six 30-second jogs to your walk can be extremely beneficial to your overall speed and intensity, too.

As compared to most aerobic activities, running uses more liters of oxygen minute for minute. And since the body expends 5 calories for every liter of oxygen processed, running is an efficient way to burn calories and manage body fat and weight. Running is also an effective means of producing endorphins — those feel-good hormones — so much so that the term runner's high is often used to describe the endorphin effect.

Running does not require many skills, but technique is important. Because of the increased gravitational force absorbed by the body, technique is even more important than in walking. When you run, keep your head up and your eyes focused a little ahead of you rather than directly in front of you. Keep your abs gently contracted so that you are holding your torso tall, and keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears. Be sure your knees are bent when your feet land.

Running is a high-impact aerobic activity that has both good and bad effects on the body. It is good because it stimulates bone growth and density, but at the same time, running jars the skeletal system. You can also run nearly anywhere and cover a lot of turf in a short amount of time. You can conveniently run when you are traveling. It is a great way to explore new areas, as long as you have a good enough sense of direction to get you back to where you started. Running builds muscular strength and endurance of the entire body, especially the hips, legs, and feet. These are only some of the reasons why running is such a preferred aerobic activity. Talk to runners, and they will share with you how they love running and what it does for their psyches.

But unfortunately, if you run too far or too frequently, you increase the possibility of musculoskeletal injuries or overuse syndromes. Common injuries to the knees, hips, and Achilles tendons are often the result of too much running. Listen to your own body and don't compare what is too much for you to what is too much for someone else. If you plan to run for your main aerobic exercise activity, make sure you stretch after your run and, if it feels good to you, stretch after the first few minutes of running, too. It can also be helpful to alternate other aerobic activities with running and to plan for rest days.

Water bottles make drinking while moving easy. But what about when you don't have one handy? Take the lead from experienced runners who have mastered the art of drinking out of paper cups on the fly. Squeeze the top of the paper cup to form a “V” and pour directly into your mouth.

If you run on a trail, let someone know where you are going, and when you plan to leave and expect to return. For safety reasons, women should consider finding companions to accompany them when running in unpopulated areas. Dogs and human companions can be fun additions to running, and they provide security.

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