Running and Jogging is a popular form of physical activity or Aerobic exercise. Regular physical activity can significantly improve mental health, self-confidence, healthy ageing, and quality of life. Exercise should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and work up to running.
Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits:
⦁ Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
⦁ Strengthen muscles
⦁ Improve cardiovascular fitness
⦁ Burn plenty of kilojoules
⦁ Help maintain a healthy weight.
What is Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat. Aerobic exercise triggers a release of endorphins, chemicals that help relieve pain or stress. These activate the brain and might keep you awake. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat. This can boost the size of your hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. When you do aerobic exercises like running at least 5 days a week, you lower your odds of upper tract respiratory infections by 43%.
Difference Between Running and Jogging
The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, uses more kilojoules and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Running requires a higher level of overall fitness than jogging.
How Running and Jogging Improves Your Health
- Better cardio health
Running, or jogging, is one of the best cardio exercises you can do. Running for at least 10 minutes a day can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Better sleep.
Quality sleep is essential for your health. Your body repairs itself when you’re asleep, which is why you wake up feeling refreshed. But try to avoid running too late in the day. This can interfere with how well you sleep at night.
- Improved knee and back health
The runners’ knees and backs were both positively affected. The more you run, the lower your odds of back problems as you age.
- Improved memory
If you find that you have problems with your memory, get running. It affects your brain in the short and long term.
- Fewer colds.
If you start to feel a little off, running for 30 minutes can trigger your immune system to help you feel better.
- Better mood and energy.
Many people run because they want to feel better. The exercise helps boost your mood, concentration, and overall healthy lifestyle. Runner’s high is real.