Health Benefits of Jogging

If there is one popular form of physical activity, it is jogging. Jogging is done by a lot of people who wants to maintain healthy and active lifestyle. The good thing is it can be done anywhere, even in your own yard, at any time. And most importantly, it is free. No need to buy any equipment or gadget to do it except for a good pair of shoes that will provide support. Though you might need to wear jacket on cold seasons to sweat, an old one that is enough to keep you warm will do.

Increasing the metabolism, toning the muscles, improving the blood circulation, and strengthening the bones, lungs and heart are some of the health benefits of jogging. 

Increases the Metabolism

Metabolism is what responsible in converting the food and drinks to energy. According to health experts, our basal metabolism decreases every ten years that we get older. Physical activities such as jogging can boost the metabolism even several hours after the jog. This increases the number of calories burn that will lead to weight loss over time.

Tones the Muscles

Jogging won’t give six pack but regular jogging tones range of muscles most especially on the lower body. The hamstrings, calves, quadriceps, hip flexors and gluteal muscles (butt muscles) and biceps are all working while jogging. Not to mention the heart which is also a muscle that works harder during jogging.

Strengthens the Bones

According to some experts the best exercise for the bones is the weight bearing kind like running and jogging. It keeps bone healthy by increasing the bone mass density. People who jog has higher bone mass density compared to non-joggers.

Strengthens the Lungs

Just like any other exercises, jogging improves your respiratory muscles. It improves the lungs capacity by increasing their abilities to transport oxygen throughout the body. If coupled with breathing techniques it will help those with breathing problems to breathe easier.

Improves Blood Circulation and Strengthens the Heart

One reason why fat builds up in the arteries is the lack of exercise. Excessive build up of plaque in the arteries and veins leads to poor blood circulation putting the heart at risk. Jogging improves blood circulation by stimulating the heart to pump harder. This increases the blood flow to other parts of the body and organs most especially the heart. It also helps to shed fat throughout the body.

Now that you know the health benefits of jogging, there’s no room for excuses. Look for your running shoes and start to jog. Besides it’s great to be outdoors and inhale some fresh air.