Because jogging doesn't require special equipment, it can be done almost anywhere and is one of the simplest exercises. In terms of health benefits and calories burned, it is also one of the most effective exercises. Using the following tips will help you as you begin a jogging routine or they can be used to help you get more out of your current routine.

It's critically important to do a pre and post jogging stretching routine. You'll have a better experience if you stretch the right way, and you will also go far to preventing certain kinds of injuries. There is obvious impact when you run, or jog, and the stretching warms up your muscles, makes them more flexible and able to safely absorb the impact. Always relax when you stretch, and never over do it. The entire point for stretching to to avoid injury, so don't cause them by stretching "to impress" and proceed slowly. You should never, ever experience pain when you stretch, some tightness sure - but never pain, so don't push it and feel pain.

Most importantly is to remember to ease into stretching whenever you do it, and relax.

One good approach to begin with a running regimen is to do power walking which is quite common. If you're new to running or haven't exercised in a while, you can help your legs and body get acclimated, so to speak, by walking. The important thing is to listen to your body, and then just make gains according to how you feel. Then, when you feel you're ready, you can break into a slow jog and proceed at your own pace. You don't want to overdo it and cause an injury because that will only set you back as you heal. Also, a lot of people like to power walk because it's good exercise, and it's evern prefered by those who cannot run without pain due to an injury, etc. But if you can run without problems, then do consider walking and then slowly build up to running.

Make sure you drink enough fluids, especially water when you jog. Don't eat before running unless you want to throw up - simple as that. The best thing to drink is water, and avoid fruity crap or anything with sugar in it. Don't drink a large amount before your run, as this can weigh you down. Some people like to drink while they jog, whatever - it's up to you, really. When you are done jogging, then you can drink some more water. The hotter and more humid it is, the more important it becomes to hydrate. There are many good reasons to start jogging. It will improve your overall fitness level and help you to lose weight. A good run will even improve your mood. The main factor to getting the most out of your running is to be consistent. Use these tips as you begin your jogging routine and you will soon see the benefits of this simple but powerful exercise.

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