Health Benefits of Jogging

benefits of jogging.


A lot of people have heard about jogging, and some have even indulged in it at some point in life. However, very few people are actually aware of the benefits of jogging. Jogging lies in the middle of walking and running. It is slower than complete running, but faster than walking. And the amount of stress that your body faces in jogging is lesser as compared to running. Apart from just being a form of exercise, jogging is also a relaxation technique used by a lot of people

benefits of jogging

  • Self-confidence
  • Weight loss
  • Weight maintenance
  • You look younger
  • Odourless sweat
  • Increased stamina
  • Increased endurance
  • Improved emotional state-happiness
  • You experience “purpose”
  • You seek out challenges
  • You accomplish more
  • You get a nice tan
  • You become better able to cope with and handle stress
  • You get “me time”
  • Become more adventurous as you begin to see opportunities
  • Increased motivation
  • Improved fitness
  • Decreased heart disease risk
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Decreased risk of high blood pressure

Heart

The heart benefits hugely from jogging. It is arguably one of the most important organs in the body and is responsible for pumping blood. The improvements to the cardiovascular system have knock on effects for the heart. The heart is a muscular organ, so the more it works, the stronger it becomes.

Clearly a strong heart reduces the risk of heart disease in later life. Regular exercise, such as jogging helps to strengthen it.

Brain

The organs of the body benefit enormously from the increase in oxygen, and although all are important, the most impressive improvement is in the brain. Experiments have shown that jogging leads to new neurons being created in the brain. Neurons are cells in the brain, and an increase in their number has shown to lead to better learning and memory capabilities while tackling diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.

However, there are far more benefits for the brain than we would expect. Increased neuro-plasticity as a result of jogging means that the brain is more capable of adapting to changes, such as pregnancy. The brain also increases its cognitive ability and releases hormones that improve your mood and self-motivational abilities as well as many other psychological benefits.

Feel Full Of Energy

When I was 270lbs, I always felt like shit. I hated going to work as I’d feel like falling asleep at any time I was that tired. After coming home from work all I wanted to do was sleep and eat. The thought of going back to work filled me with trepidation as I knew what lay in store for me.Now that I run every day, I feel that I can tackle any problem. I have boundless energy. So much so that I even struggle to sleep sometimes. In fact if there’s one downside to running for me, it’s that I struggle to snooze because running gives me that much more energy.

Overtraining Jogging

has a positive impact on your spine, hips and muscles in moderation. However, when you jog daily without giving your body time to recover, you may experience stress fractures, muscle soreness and shin splints. Older adults may also experience heart problems. To avoid overtraining, limit your jogging sessions to 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

Combat Stress with Jogging

Jogging is very helpful when it comes to fighting stress. It helps put you in a more peaceful state of mind and helps promote an upbeat attitude. Jogging or running on a treadmill can give immediate tension release by helping the release of brain chemicals that have a calming effect on our emotions. These chemical are norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. Exercise has been shown to affect at the cellular level by reversing some of the adverse effects of stress that are aging related. Jogging and the repeated pounding of your feet on the treadmill or pavement helps give us that peaceful state that allows us to shut out the world and just be alone with our thoughts. This can be a very soothing feeling, shutting out stressors while we are immersed in the joy of running. It also affords us the solitude to sort out some of our daily concerns with less distraction.

Romilia