Do you love to jog? Are you a runner at heart, or are you yet to hit the track? Either way it’s important to know how to keep yourself healthy and injury-free.
Running (or jogging) offers physical and psychological benefits − both your body and mind will thank you for the effort. And while you might feel nervous about taking up − or continuing − the practice, most of the research is positive. The reported benefits are great; pounding the pavement can help you to live a healthier, happier life.
On the physical side, regular practice improves fitness. Running is a weight bearing exercise and will strengthen your bones and muscles. It can protect against cardiovascular problems and lower your risk of an early death. It can also help you shed unwanted kilos; a 2014 study published in the journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that running was more beneficial than walking for your waistline.
On the psychological side, running can improve mental health. Symptoms of anxiety and depression, stress, and mood have been shown to improve. Creativity and higher self-esteem have been found to increase. Reduced feelings of aggression and anger have been reported, as has enhanced emotional well-being and happiness.
But, like any form of exercise, soreness and injuries can and do occur. Which raises the question: Is jogging and running safe for our bodies? Yes, with the right approach and care. Start slowly − try jogging at a low intensity for one minute, then switch to walking for three to five minutes. Repeat this cycle for 15 - 20 minutes, three times a week. As your fitness improves; build intensity and running duration gently and gradually.
But remember: if your body says stop... stop! It’s always better to be safe and get professional advice. If you have pre-existing injuries, conditions, or risk factors, it’s wise to obtain advice before you begin.
How can chiropractic help?
We can restore healthy motion to the joints of your spine and extremities. This helps to correctly distribute pressures through your body, such as those exerted when jogging and running. We can also assess your posture and technique; the way your feet hit the ground, and other factors important to this exercise. We can provide advice and help correct what’s needed. We look forward to supporting you as you lace up your running shoes and head on out!
Adam's Back is a team of dedicated complimentary health professionals. Our aim is to support you in finding drug-free solutions for better health.