Jogging is considered one of the most effective aerobic exercises and is invaluable for maintaining overall health. Jogging involves more attention to the proper techniques than most people realise. Lack of knowledge about the correct methods of jogging very often leads to injuries. In fact, any pain in the hips, back or legs indicates that you are jogging incorrectly.

Poor jogging technique may increase strain on the muscles and the body while at the same time reducing speed levels. This makes it important to pay attention to the proper way of jogging to maximise its benefits.

Jogging has many benefits. It helps burn calories, strengthens the cardiovascular system, prevents weight gain and keeps the individual healthy overall. Also, it’s fun and relieves stress.

Comfortable cotton clothing helps the pores breathe as opposed to synthetic wear which will make the jogger sweat. The shoes play the most important part. Specifically designed well-cushioned running shoes must be worn to provide good shock absorption capability. This will minimise the impact on the knees and other joints. At Sportsmart, we stock a variety of running apparel as well as a wide range of running shoes. Visit our stores to check out our range or visit our website.

Grass surfaces should be chosen over tarmac surfaces for jogging as grass provides much greater shock absorption. Tarmac is a hard surface and may result in impact to the knees and joints.

When jogging keep the back straight. The head and back should be aligned in a straight line. Keep the abdomen tight. Take care to land on mid-foot so the entire foot rolls from heals to toe. Keep your strides natural to feel comfortable and avoid taking long strides as this will make you tired fast. Keep your shoulders relaxed and keep the upper body pointing straight. Swing your arms to add intensity to the routine and avoid lifting your knees too high as this will avoid wasting energy and bouncing. Warm up with a brisk walk before jogging if you are a beginner.

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