Psychological Benefits of JoggingFor the most part, jogging can be viewed as a type of running pursued primarily for fun and, maybe, exercise. The pace is slower and there is little emphasis on time or goals. Those who wish to get a bit of exercise but don’t want to push themselves to the speed or competition stage can realize health benefits from the relatively low-key pastime of jogging.

Stress relief is also a key benefit of jogging, along with the release of tension. Being tired after a jog helps clear the mind of all the frustration and ideas that build up during the day. In fact, people who are new to jogging are often surprised at the attitude improvement that a simple, short jog can bring. In addition, jogging through rural areas can be quite relaxing. The results are quite different from those achieved with an activity such as cycling training or training to run in competition.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Jogging can help an individual build determination and learn to be consistent, especially when it is tempting to miss a day of jogging. As the body begins to feel more energetic because of the regular activity, the mind usually becomes more clear. Confidence can grow, even as the muscles and bones benefit from increased activity.

It has long been known that regular exercise helps keep the body free of illness. Joggers find that their blood pressure my be lower and they have less risk of heart attack, due to better circulation of blood and elimination of toxins through sweat and respiration. Some studies have also found that the levels of “good” cholesterol increase with activity as well.

While jogging may have less impact on the body than more intense programs such as training for competition running or cycling training, it is still important that each individual consult with a family doctor before beginning to jog. Setting a schedule for jogging times and distances is a good idea, especially with the advice and support from a trusted medical person.

Those who start to jog on a regular basis, after long periods of little or no exercise, often do so with the goal of losing weight. While this is an admirable undertaking, it is very important that each individual follows an exercise or weight loss program that is medically safe. Jogging is, however, one of the best activities for using up those excess calories and getting fit.

: article by Adam Peters