Goodness gracious, I love summer. No more subzero weather, dressing in layers, frostbite, and, as an added bonus, there’s a smaller chance of catching a cold. If it’s beautiful, spend the day outside. Take your kids for a stroll through the park, walk around the neighborhood, heck, even spend some time on your porch.
When it is warm, one of my favorite pastimes, as you may have guessed, is jogging. Jogging, and why not running, you may ask. Although the benefits of running may be interchangeable with the benefits of jogging, I find that those few extra seconds taking in the surroundings makes a major difference, but that’s just me: I enjoy the scenery. Also, you can always add jogging in your list of things to do in order to keep up with your summer health. Below are introductory aspects of jogging.
Preparing for a jog
First and foremost, make sure you are physically ready for a hearty jog around the neighborhood. By that, I mean, make sure you don’t engage in the activity if you have a strain or broken leg or something around those lines. You may find that shoes tend to make a difference in feel. So if you have a comfortable pair of running shoes, now is the time to use them. Make sure that you drink an adequate amount of water before you start your training session, somewhere around 8 ounces should be fine (don’t forget to bring a water bottle for hydration). Also, make sure you’re not in your street threads (jeans, collar shirt, etc) but rather wear comfortable workout clothes.
Don’t jump the gun just yet. Before commencing a jog session, start off by stretching. By taking part in stretching routines, you may find, contributes to a smoother jog. They should be static (slow and rhythmic) movements. Afterward, you may want to start by walking just as a warm up exercise. By engaging in stretches and walking regularly, you warm up your muscles and joints and make them more flexible, decreasing the risk of injury.
Depending on your experience level you may want to consider engaging in interval training. In essence, you alternate between jogging and walking. Overtime you may find that you allocate more time to jogging rather than walking (it strengthens your endurance). Don’t panic if you find that you get winded, it’s going to happen. With interval training you prolong the amount of time before you get winded. If you do find that it becomes harder to breathe, I would not suggest immediately stopping, rather, begin a short walking session. Also, remember to sip from that water bottle you brought along with you on a regular basis.
Throughout your quick jog, you not only want to practice interval training but you should also get into the habit of utilizing breathing techniques throughout the duration. One effective breathing method is to breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. In time, your winded episode may subside and you’ll be able to go on jogging for even longer.
You finished your quick jog. Now what? Stretch some more? I wouldn’t recommend it, at least for another 45 minutes. Cool down, eat, take a shower. Don’t forget to drink more water! Replace any fluids you may have lost during your jog. If you do take a shower, aim for a warm shower because it enhances the stretching experience even more. Also, if you were some sort of pants, you may find that chafing occurs due to the loose fabric rubbing against your skin. In order to avoid any sort of chafe you should consider buying a moisturizer and/or lubricant that not only helps prevent moisture loss and irritation but also treats itchy skin. In addition, it helps to stay hydrated by drinking water regularly. Clothes! Be sure to wear clothes that provide a snug fit.
Folks, I bet if one participates in this activity regular, you’re sure to love it. Better yet, you don’t even have to do it alone. Invite a friend, jog a dog, or buy a jogging stroller and go with the young one. Make it a habit, and I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to live without.