Running is good for you and is a sport that can be enjoyed by all. The London Marathon often inspires a search for running shoes and a desire to start pounding the streets. And why not, the health benefits are huge and it’s an exercise that with the exception of a good pair of running shoes is free.
Now before we get started on the benefits lets get you clear on the difference between jogging and running. Although to be honest doing either is good for your health and wellbeing.
Jogging is defined as going at a pace of less than 6 mph while running anything faster than 6 mph. Other differences are how many calories you burn and how your muscles react.
No matter if you’re jogging or running you will benefit and here are just a few ways:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Building strong bones, so important as we age.
- Strengthening your muscles and creating gorgeous muscle tone in those legs and arms.
- Improving cardiovascular fitness, basically looking after your heart and lung health
Plus, exercise is one of the most effective ways of maintaining good mental health.
Leaving you feeling more energised, yes exercise gives you more energy. You will also sleep better and we know how important sleep is. Exercise can also increase confidence and positivity.
You might also be interested to know that running has been proved to increase your memory. With consistent aerobic exercise helping to combat age-related mental decline. Well, that’s a win win in our book.
Even better, you can and should start slow. A quick search of the internet will provide you with all the information you need to get started. Why not check out Coach to 5K a week by week programme shared on the Live Well area of the NHS website. The programme is designed for beginners, gradually building your running ability to eventually running 5km without stopping.
Final Tips from Us
- Always warm up and down
- Keep and stay hydrated
- A good pair of running shoes is essential