Is It Better to Jog or Run Full Throttle To Get Healthy?

Posted 09/11/2015 | By HealthCorps

A new study suggests that slow jogging may be a good choice for health goals. Sticking long term with a slow jogging program may be more appealing to the average exerciser, than a vigorous running program. Did you know that slow jogging, a more forgiving exercise regimen than running, is associated with living longer? In fact, slow jogging may also beat fast jogging when it comes to that singular health goal. One to two and a half hours of slow jogging a week is associated with prolonging your life, while the life span of people who jog “often and fast” is similar to people who don’t exercise at all.

Don’t completely abandon your faster exercise regimen, though. More vigorous efforts have other health benefits and can also help when you are trying to maintain your weight, especially after a long term diet program. You may just need to temper the more vigorous workouts with some rest days or lighter exercise days. Slow jogging is a good swap out for days when you’re fatigued or when you simply don’t feel like you want to run a faster pace.

Walk Your Way to Health

If you’re looking for information on ways to burn calories effectively, the best footgear for exercise, walking and race-walking tips, walking events nationwide, and ways to get motivated, check out walking.about.com. It offers:

• Quick tips for walking wisely:
• Make sure to invest in proper footwear
• Be visible and wear reflective gear so you are easily seen
• Wear sunglasses and sunblock especially year round outdoors
• Carry hydration with you
• Have your phone programmed with an emergency contact (I.C.E.)
• Carry one piece of identification with you
• Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings, especially if you wear headphones and listen to music

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