Exercise

Put a spring in your step! Why do I go jogging?

‘Why do I go jogging?’

Honestly?

I’m 48 and I would like to be able to eat cake and drink wine without getting fat or feeling guilty. That’s the truth of it. I also want to be fit enough to hike for hours in the hills and to be able to dance around the bedroom without my body parts wobbling too much.

For me, jogging is my ‘thinking time’ and as I breathe in the fresh air I can feel the sugar and alcohol expel itself from my body. Normally, when I finish my run I feel great, I survived and I will have a spring in my step for the rest of the day.

What about you, do you go jogging?

The warm sunny days are just around the corner, they will be lighter for longer and now is a perfect time to prepare your body for the summer. I am definitely not ready to be seen in shorts or a bikini yet so I will be putting my mileage up this week!

I think it’s true what the experts say. If I run three times a week I actually feel more in control of my posture, less stressed and proud of myself! It makes a big difference to my mindset. Is that’s what you need?

There are lots of benefits to jogging not just the fact that you won’t feel so guilty if you eat too many chocolate biscuits, in addition to that…

  • Jogging can boost your mood and give you a sense of achievement
  • It can help reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Like all exercise, jogging can help to keep your weight under control
  • It is an excellent cardiovascular workout
  • Jogging can be fun and sociable especially if you join a club
  • You can do it with friends, the family, the dog and you quite often see mums pushing their buggies when they run
  • Jogging is free! Although it is essential to have appropriate footwear, so there will be the initial cost for a pair of suitable running shoes
  • You can do jog anywhere!
  • When it comes to jogging, some say there is no age limit. However, high impact exercise can cause knee problems which we are more sceptical to as we age.

Unfortunately, as we age our bodies change – the average person steadily loses muscle mass after age 30. This can represent a 30 to 40% decline by age 70.

Just because you run, don’t believe this doesn’t apply to you.

If you’re not a jogger, are you tempted to try it now? Go on, have a go… I have a qualification in health and fitness but I am not an expert. I am just here to encourage you.

Here’s my simple step by step guide to help you put a spring in your step.

Step 1: If you don’t exercise already and you haven’t run before, I recommend you speak to a doctor or physician, especially if you have a medical condition, an injury or you are on medication.

Step 2: Buy the appropriate equipment. It’s really important to have good supportive running shoes. Some sport shops have the facilities to assess your running style and guide you with the purchase of your running shoes.

Step 3: What should you wear? Buy running clothes for all weather conditions and reflective clothing for running in the dark. For the ladies, a supportive sports bra is a must! For the men, loose boxer shorts could be a problem.

Step 4: Warm up and cool down. This is really important. Before you run, make sure you are warm and you stretch your muscles. Get advice about appropriate stretching exercises for different parts of the body. Stretch before you run and stretch after the run.

Step 5: You can take a relaxed approach to your new hobby or create a running plan and note your progress. There are apps that you can use on your phone to help you monitor your performance.

Here are some considerations that may affect your running:

  • A hangover!
  • Dehydration
  • Diet
  • Injuries
  • Emotional stress
  • Over doing it
  • Footwear
  • Talking too much!
  • Jogger’s nipple
  • Needing to go to toilet

Considerations for after your run:

  • Cool down and stretch
  • Hydration – drink
  • Any injuries – get advice if you suffer an injury. For muscle pulls in your legs, elevate the leg and use an ice pack on the affected area for a few minutes. There are also creams that you can apply
  • Hot baths
  • Relaxation
  • Food

Run for your life! Literally, run to make your life a healthier place.

If you have any running clubs near you, let us know the details so we can share it with our readers, or any recommendations on trainers that you have bought.

I have done my run for today and it’s time to pour a glass of wine!

Best wishes,

Rachel

 

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** The content on this site should not be used as medical advice, we are giving our readers information and insights. If you are concerned about your health or need medical advice please see your doctor. If you are struggling with any issues please talk to someone – don’t suffer in silence. **

 

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