Running or jogging just might be the most natural method of exercising ever. Nearly every culture has been using running for exercise for centuries, way before there were ever health gyms or elliptical machines. In today's day and age, people aren't in the best shape, and running and jogging is one of the best ways to make everyone fitter. You are about to learn some techniques that will make running really work for you.
Finding a partner or a group to run with in one of the best ways to stay motivated. It can be very motivational to run with someone, but there's nothing wrong with running alone, either. You will be less likely to quit too early or do less than your best when you have a partner. It can also herpes be fun to have someone to talk to, though you don't want this to turn into a distraction. Then again, you may want to save the conversation for when you're finished and just focus on jogging. Running with a partner is one way of keeping this activity interesting.
If you've never run anywhere except to the bathroom, then it's highly recommended by a lot of people to begin small and with power walking. If you're new to running or haven't exercised in a while, you can help your legs and body get acclimated, so to speak, by walking. It doesn't matter how slowly you go, and then take your time and make slow improvements. When the time is right, then just simply begin jogging slowly, and go according to your pace and feeling. That kind of approach is safe and natural, and all along your body knows what's going on, too. There are a lot of ex-runners who are unable to run because of old injuries, and power walking is an excellent alternative for them. But if you can run without problems, then do consider walking and then slowly build up to running.
Before you walk or run, it's really important to warm-up and stretch, but also it is important to do a proper warming down after exercising. Don't run at your full speed and then stop all of a sudden, but give your body a chance to gradually cool down. It's common sense, we think at least, that you want to ease into your run by going slow, and then you gradually reduce the pace until you are no longer running. Learn how to do proper stretching exercises, and then do them before and after each run - every time. Also, if desired, you can sit down and put your feet up so the level of your feet is above your heart, and what that does is it helps your heart return to normal.
You can get a lot from jogging several times a week. Remember to use caution and common sense, which means stretching, wearing the right shoes and clothes and not overdoing it. Using these tips will help you maintain a solid jogging routine year round.