Jogging is one of the most common forms of exercise and it is usually the exercise of choice for people who want a physical activity that is both enjoyable and highly beneficial; not to mention one doesn’t need to purchase any gym equipment or pay gym membership to actually get into it.
Although it is a lot like running, jogging is something that one does in a pace that it just right for the jogger. The slow pace of an outdoor jog does not only makes it easier for the jogger but it also makes it possible for one to enjoy his surroundings and appreciate nature, thus, making the usually uninteresting and boring exercise activity a very pleasant experience.
If one will ask jogging aficionados on their reasons for engaging in this activity most of them would most likely answer that they are in it to be healthy, to stay fit or to lose weight. But jogging is far more than that; jogging improves and makes better the whole person. In detail, some of the more vital benefits of jogging include the following:
1. Jogging makes one feel good.
When one is jogging, or doing any vigorous exercise, the brain produces and releases endorphins that are chemicals or compounds that give a natural feeling of well-being; endorphins make one feel happy. This is perhaps the reason why athletes are rarely depressed or involved in drugs because endorphins provide a natural “high”.
2. Jogging strengthens one’s heart and improves stamina.
If one wants to maximize the potential of anything, he should always use it and practice it. This logic applies to talent, skill and even body parts!
When one is jogging the heart is working hard to pump blood in all parts of the body to make sure that
each part has enough supply of oxygen. That is why if one regularly jogs, the heart will get a lot of practice pumping blood; hence, it eventually becomes better in doing its function. In the long run, one will feel that it is a lot easier to do any physical activity and that one has a lot more energy to do things simply because the heart becomes more efficient with practice.
3. Jogging tones one’s muscles.
Jogging will not only help those trying to lose weight to actually burn the fats but jogging will also help them tone, define and sculpt the muscles in their legs, thighs, and buttocks, among others. Unlike the many available contraptions nowadays that promise tightened muscles without the sweat, jogging does not only promise this, it actually fulfills the promise of a toned body.
4. Jogging helps one get a good night sleep.
Jogging keeps one alert while doing his regular functions during the day that he feels ready for relaxation or bedtime by the time the evening hits.
5. Jogging helps improve one’s social life.
Outdoor jogging will open up a lot of opportunities for one to meet and socialize with fellow joggers; new friendships and networks could also be established.
There are indeed a lot of benefits why one needs to start getting into the routine of jogging; and if he is already into it, why he needs to stay at it. The above mentioned benefits are just some of the evidences that prove how jogging can improve, not only a person’s physical, but also his emotional, psychological, and even social health.