Science Explains 6 Benefits Of Jogging

Written by on March 23, 2019 in Exercise and Fitness, Health with 0 Comments

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Jogging is a fairly simple exercise. It requires no special equipment, you don’t have to go to the gym to do it, and you can burn around 398 calories in a single hour from this workout!

But not everyone is a fan of jogging. For some, it can feel tedious and tiring, especially if you don’t have access to a large enough space to run around in. But jogging has tons of health benefits that can make those hassles all the more worth it.

With obesity levels increasing all around the world, it’s more important than ever that you add some form of exercise routine to your daily schedule. Jogging might just be the perfect exercise for you, and its positive sides definitely make it a great option.

Still not sold on the idea of jogging? After reading this, you just might be.


Here’s How Science Explains 6 Benefits Of Jogging

1.    It Improves Joint and Bone Health

There is a misconception that jogging is automatically extremely bad for the lower half of the body, putting unnecessary pressure on joints and bones that can lead to the development of arthritis. However, this is actually completely false!

The Harvard Medical School found that most forms of standard physical exercise, including walking, running, and jogging, do not actually negatively impact the risk of developing arthritis. As a matter of fact, jogging has more benefits for the joints and bones and can make them stronger, reducing arthritis risk!

Studies have found that jogging has positive effects on bone density. This is because regular jogging activities put more pressure on the bones than they are used to, so bone tissue starts to prepare for and adapt to the additional load, protecting bones and tissue from damage and making them strong.

In addition, jogging has also been found to create positive results for the joints. This is because it strengthens cartilage and is actually able to boost the biochemistry and composition of joint cartilage. So not only does moderate jogging make healthy joints healthier, but it also is a good way to prevent the onset of knee osteoarthritis in those vulnerable to the disease.

  • With that being said, jogging is one of the most bottom-stressful of the trifecta of standard physical exercise: walking, jogging and running.
  • As such, if you already have bad knees or already have arthritis, the extra lower-body stress of jogging may not be suitable for you.
  • Speak to your doctor before starting to jog if you have joint pain in your legs.
  • You should also speak to a doctor if your legs or knees hurt after jogging.

2.    Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose some weight, jogging could be the exercise that helps you burn off the calories you need. Of course, this depends on how intensely you jog, your speed, your current weight, the terrain, and the frequency of your exercise. But you could get rid of some serious weight by adding jogging to your regimen or making it your main workout.

On top of that, jogging is a great way to help the metabolism increase significantly. This is because a lack of activity can cause the metabolism to slowly deteriorate, causing much slower calorie burning. This can be why you find yourself gaining more weight. Getting back into the habit of exercising can lead to a smoother, faster metabolism.

But how much, exactly, can jogging burn?

  • Running a 9-minute mile can burn between 290 calories and 365 calories within thirty minutes.
  • A slightly slower 5-mile-per-hour jog run can burn between 240 and 355 calories within that time, too.
  • All in all, jogging will provide highly positive results when it comes to calorie-burning for weight loss.

90% of people who lose weight successfully consider exercise the main reason behind that success. But it must be done properly, and you should be exercising moderately, not overdoing it or doing it too little. Really looking to burn those calories? Jog uphill at a relatively moderate to fast pace for up to an hour several times a week.

3.    Improving The Cardiovascular System

The cardiac system is extremely crucial to health. Running and jogging can help build strength within the left ventricle of the heart. After all, the heart is a muscle, and jogging can cause it to pump blood more efficiently.

When the pulse rate drops during running to keep you strong and ablr to carry on without suffering a too-fast, dangerous pulse, your body takes up a bit more oxygen than normal. This causes blood circulation to become more stable.

If you’ve eaten carbs recently, jogging will help to burn off the excess energy before it is turned into fat stores, allowing your body to efficiently use up the calories you consume. Those who run or jog are found to have much healthier cardiovascular systems than those who do not exercise – just one of the many benefits of jogging.

Jogging is an aerobic exercise, so it brings down the risk of developing an ischaemic heart disease significantly for even more positive effects. If that wasn’t enough, jogging can also help regulate blood pressure, which helps keep your heart healthy. Studies have found that daily exercise, whether walking or jogging, brings blood pressure of the systolic kind down by a significant amount, reducing hypertension across all ages.

Those who have diabetes or already have a heart condition should speak to their doctor before beginning jogging. The same goes for those who are already overweight.


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