The Health Benefits Of Running and Jogging

Young woman jogging through the parkRunning is one of the best types of exercise and is very good for your health. It provides a great cardiovascular workout, and it also strengthens your muscles. Some people believe that we are born to run and it is one of the most natural forms of exercise.

Regular jogging not only improves cardiovascular fitness, it has also been shown to have other health benefits, including mental health benefits such as helping to manage depression and anxiety. Most importantly for many people, running is a good way to lose weight and generally get fitter.

Regular running and jogging is a good way to improve your health and fitness. You do not need to become a marathon runner to benefit greatly from running.

You also should not be overly concerned about long-term damage to joints such as knees, ankles and hips, as a result of running because with good quality running shoes and a sensible approach, the risks are minimal, and the benefits of being fitter outweigh those possible risks. Read this article if you do have, or have had, an ankle injury: Running With an Ankle Injury.

The cardiovascular improvements that jogging provides are of greatest importance to many people as makes the heart stronger and more efficient, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and heart failure. The improvements in blood circulation and respiratory health which result from regular exercise is essentially what we call “fitness“.

Running also speeds up the digestive system and can help to relieve digestive problems. Many people who live a sedentary lifestyle develop digestive problems that can be improved with a healthier diet and some regular exercise.

Does Jogging Help You To Lose Weight?

Jogging makes you burn fat and thereby helps to lose weight. In addition to increasing metabolism, jogging is an effective way to burn more calories, which helps you lose weight. If calories consumed in food are less than calories spent during exercise and other daily activities, you will lose weight. It is impossible not to! Many people have learned how to lose weight by starting a running program.

Jogging helps to reduce stubborn fat. Stubborn fat can be very hard to shift, but a running program can really help to cut down on the last of your stubborn fat. The key is to think long-term and always work on your fitness. Change can take a long time to come but the end result it much improved fitness and strength which makes maintaining a healthy weight so much easier.

If you suffer from poor appetite, jogging will improve your appetite. Along with all other forms of exercise – the harder you work, the more you need to eat to repair your muscles and refuel them. When you start to run longer distances you will start to eat to fuel your body, and may even find that you need to eat more food everyday, than you did when you were overweight. As you develop your running you need to ensure that you are eating well, so read up on some nutrition advice for runners.

The Benefits of Jogging

Jogging will strengthen the muscles and bone density of your legs, hips and back. Long distance runners have very strong legs, even though they often look very thin and weak. Running does not produce bulky muscles, like weight training or even circuit training does, but it does increase leg strength. Also, the constant impact caused during running can increase bone density, so long as you follow a healthy diet.

Running Daily

There are several benefits of running everyday too. As already mentioned, a daily run helps maintain your metabolism and burns more calories. It also improves cardiovascular fitness – daily exercise is recommended for this purpose. Also, making the habit of running every day helps you maintain your new fitness regime in the long-term – if running can be part of your daily routine, like cleaning your teeth and taking a shower, then you will never think about “working out”, as you will just be going about your daily life. Of course, it is nice to have some days off, such as at Christmas or while on holiday.

Jogging for Weight Loss

Of course, the main reason many people jog is to lose weight, and jogging is a good way to burn extra calories and increase your metabolism. Jogging alone will not lead to great results though, you will need to clean up your diet too.  In short, jogging is good for weight loss.

Advice on jogging with colds and flu

Research carried out by Professor Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University and presented to the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference in January 2011 found that gentle aerobics, such as jogging, helps to ward off colds and flu by up to 33%. However, running long distances and training for a marathon will make you around 6 times more likely to pick up a virus.

It is not just jogging that helps to boost the immune system, a daily brisk walk has the same effect. The research found that most types of intensive exercise increases the chances of catching a cold. This is not really a new finding as many athletes and runners have been well aware of this all their lives!

Jogging and Depression

Running can counteract depression, as all forms of exercise can help people cope with depression – this is one of the lesser known benefits of running. It increases the capacity to work and lead an active life. The fitter you are, the more active you can be. There are so many more opportunities available to people who are healthier and fitter.

Running Improves Sleep

Jogging makes you sleep better. Also, if you exercise well, sleep comes much easier. One of the most important factors for improving fitness after exercise and diet is getting adequate sleep. Overtraining can occur if you do not rest properly.

Running is one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise. It improves overall health, helps with weight loss and gets you fit. So, what is stopping you? Get started today!

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  801 comments for “The Health Benefits Of Running and Jogging

  1. Sharib
    October 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Hi, i am 18years old and have 68kg of weight…. I am 5’5… I just wanted to know dat can jogging or running helps me in burn fats and also increses my height… I feel embarrsing when go sumwhere….
    Tell me how long should i jog to fulfill my dream of becoming slim nd muscular with a hieght around 5’10…… I am curious abt my body structure plz help me….;(

  2. arifah
    October 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Hi. I can jog for 30 minutes non stop after following the c25k plan. However, sometimes i can’t do it in 30 minutes and now, my jogging time started to reduce as i sometimes stop to walk and my pace is getting slower. How can I maintain my time and pace?

  3. MotleyHealth
    October 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Nutrition, hydration and rest are all important. Make sure you are not doing too much, give your body time to recover. Good nutrition may make the biggest difference. See A to Z of the best foods for runners.

  4. MotleyHealth
    October 12, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Sharib, jogging will not help you grow, but it will certainly help with weight loss. A healthy diet is vital though, without that you will not lose weight and it will take longer to get fit too. If you want a muscular body you need to start weight training.

  5. Sam
    October 21, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Hi, I am 15.5 years old, 6 feet, 1 inches in height. I am worried I am too tall and might grow to become very different when my growth ends in another 5 or so years. I like jogging, and recently I am jogging a lot. Some times non stop for 4 miles. Will jogging affect my height and make me grow more taller. I also want to know if I learn tennis, volley ball, or soccer or any other field game, will that increase my height too much.
    Also, is there a way to control height and not grow any taller?
    thanks so much for the help.

  6. MotleyHealth
    October 26, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Hi Sam, no, jogging and sports will not make you grow any taller. Your genes will determine your height and there is nothing you can do to stop this. Be proud of your height.

  7. Raja Singh Bedi
    October 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hello there !, I started running 7 months ago and have gained a lot through it but haven’t seen any change in my height. I started running because I wanted to get taller. I am able to run 10 km a day with an average speed of 8 km per hr. I’m 18 yrs and 7 months of age and my height is 5ft 5.5 inches. My dad is 5’10” and my mom is 5’4″. Do you think I should do anything else along with running to gain some height ?

  8. Rajesh sapkota
    November 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Hi.i’m Rajesh from Nepal.i’m 22 years old and weights 55 kg with 5.8 ft.heights,i run everyday to be I seem okay according to my weights?

  9. imam fahrudin
    November 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

    i know jogging is have health benefits, but I don’t have more time to do it, how long I need to run everyday?

  10. MotleyHealth
    November 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I Imam, 15 minutes a day can improve health, more for improved fitness and weight loss.

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