How To Jog
You might not think you need to to learn how to jog. After all, it's just running, right? But if you don't know how to jog properly, you could do yourself permanent injury.
To jog correctly, you'll need:
- A good pair of jogging shoes
- Comfortable workout wear
- A healthy respect for your own limits
- Keep Your Shoulders Back. Jog will your shoulders pulled back and relaxed; stick out your chest. Bend your elbows at waist level and let your hands stay loose.
- Use Your Arms. Many joggers have arms, but your arms should move in concert with your body. When you run uphill, your arm swings will give you more strength.
- Think Heel to Toe. When you jog, land on your heel, roll forward over the length of your foot and push off into your next step from your toes. Your knees and toes should always face to the front, never to either side.
- Don't Gasp for Breath. You should never jog so fast that you lose your breath. Jog at a pace that challenges you, but still allows you to breathe comfortably through your mouth and nose.
- Be Careful on Slopes. When you jog up or downhill, hold your body at the same angle you'd use on a flat. Shorten your strides when jogging up or down hill, to reduce your chances of falling. Use your arm swings to add power on uphill slopes and control your speed on downhill slopes.
- Avoid Jogging on Concrete. Jogging on concrete causes repetitive stress injuries. Jog on dirt or an athletic track.
- Warm Up First and Cool Down After. Warm up for your jog by walking briskly for ten minutes, and cool down by walking at a normal pace for ten minutes more.
Posted on: Mar. 18, 2010