If you’re over 50 and want a fun way to keep active and healthy without having to face a gym, read on…
Since it’s “summer time”, something I hear a lot of people talk about is wanting to be healthier…
But something holds them back…
It’s either one of two things:
1) They’re not sure where to start and what activity to do
2) They think they have to join a gym to keep fit – which they hate the thought of doing.
So I’m going to talk about something today that doesn’t require a gym and that’s a fun and easy activity to do…
And that’s jogging.
Now I know a lot of people hate the thought of runner… but here’s the thing, jogging isn’t running.
When you run, you move at a much faster pace than when you jog.
Think about it this way – jogging is somewhere in between walking and running.
It’s kind of like taking walking to the next level.
Walking is a great way to keep active, and I recommend finding ways to fit more walking into your day, if you want to do something that gets your heart rate elevated that little bit more…
Jogging could be perfect for you and might even become your next favorite way to maintain keeping active and mobile.
You probably already know that saying active as you get older is critical to staying happy, healthy, active and independent.
And while walking is one of the most popular ways to remain active among people aged 50+ as it’s a safe, low-impact activity…
Swapping your walk for a jog can have great health benefits too, and it doesn’t have to be high impact.
Firstly, not only does jogging improve your overall fitness, it improves your bone density (important to keep your body strong and reducing your risk of injury).
It improves your cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation and boosts your mood – making it the perfect exercise to start your day.
And the best part is you don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the health benefits!
Just five to 10 minutes per day of jogging, even at a slow and gentle pace is all you need to start feeling the positive effects.
As well as that, jogging burns a lot of calories – have I caught your attention now?
Why does it help burn so many calories?
Because jogging is a full-body exercise.
It uses a lot of different muscles, requires a strong core and uses your lower and upper body for balance.
Any activity that uses your core, upper and lower body to move – will burn more calories than an activity that doesn’t require as much muscle recruitment.
Don’t enjoy exercising alone?
Jogging is one of those activities, just like walking, that can be made social and the perfect activity to do with friends.
Instead of sitting having a catch up, head outside for a jog instead.
Jogging at a low intensity allows you to carry on a conversation while staying active.
So now you can kill two birds with one stone.
But what if you’re not used to keeping active, and the idea of getting off the couch and jogging a few miles right now feels daunting?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a seasoned jogger to get started.
In fact, slow and steady is better for your body, giving it time to adapt and reducing your risk of any injury.
The last thing you want is a bad ankle or knee getting in the way.
Begin slow and over the months, and as you feel you’re confidently able to take on more, increase your time and distance.
A lot of people I see worry because they think running, or even strenuous walking will hurt their joints.
However, if done right and taken slow, even with some added breaks for water and a stretch – you’ll be just fine.
Another benefit of jogging and why you don’t need the gym is this – jogging doesn’t require any equipment.
It’s accessible to almost anyone regardless of space or equipment.
There’s only one thing you’ll need, and that’s a good pair of running shoes.
The best way to find the right pair for you is to get a jogging analysis.
You can do this at nearly any running store, we even do it here at Canyon PT.
We’ll examine the wear of your current and old shoes, and assess how you walk and run.
Based on that we can get a molded pair of orthotics customized to your foot, which you insert in your running shoes so you know you’re doing it properly.
Wearing a pair of orthotics when you run will enhance your movement, support your running technique and reduce the likelihood of injury.
Jogging is a smart way to stay active as you age, especially because you don’t have to run fast or jog five times a week to reap the benefits.
With just 50 minutes of jogging each week, you can lose weight, boost heart health, catch-up with friends and know you’re looking after yourself.
Make jogging a regular part of your active lifestyle and you’ll be feeling stronger and healthier in no time.