Wednesday, November 19, 2008
How To Jog Properly
Jogging is a form of trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main intention is to increase fitness with less stress on the body than from faster running.
When you start jogging, you should make sure you have proper running shoes and the right kind of clothing. If it is warm you will want a T-shirt or top that doesn't stick to you and shorts that make it easy to move.
Set your route and how long you want to jog for. Make sure you warm up properly before you start jogging, this includes stretching all muscles like quadriceps, hamstrings and calves to prevent injury.
As you jog, breathe deeply and keep your head up.
• Begin jogging at a slow pace.
• Raise your knees with each step.
• Land on your heel and push off for the next step with the ball of your foot.
• Keep your arms relaxed and bent at no less than a 90-degree angle, and swing them gently by your sides with each step.
• Swing each arm in tandem with the opposing leg.
• Keep your hands cupped but loose.
Try jogging with a friend or a club, it might make it more enjoyable and help you to stick at it better. Also, make sure you cool down after running by doing some more light stretching - this is as important as warming up.
Some tips to make you a better jogger.
• Set a time limit or a distance for your jog.
• Intersperse jogging with walking if you get tired.
• Jog facing traffic.
• Wear light-colored clothing so you're more visible on the road.
• Stretch and warm up with a short walk before and after jogging to minimize the chances of injury.