I love jogging and add it to my workout routine. Many have asked me about how to start jogging, what they need to do to prepare, what type of shoes they should buy, what they should eat, etc. This blog is a basic writing about how to start a jogging routine for beginners. It is my hope that this will encourage others to head outdoors or on the treadmill and incorporate jogging into their exercise routine.
First off, make sure that you don’t have any health conditions that may be aggravated by starting a workout/fitness program. Jogging is challenging and you should have your doctor give you the okay to start jogging. If you’re in good shape, make sure that you get your annual checkup. As with any physical exercise, there are some risks yet far more rewards than the risks but do check in with your doctor just in case.
Be sure to know that what you eat and drink is the fuel that your body has to run on. (No pun intended.) So no matter how much working out you do, if you don’t have the right vitamins, nutrients, calories, liquids (mainly water) for your body to grow and build on, you won’t see good results. In fact, what you input is so important especially as you’re adding a new workout, your body will take what it needs from itself. Who wants muscles that are decaying due to lack of protein intake, for example?
Get a good pair of running shoes. It’s not about the brand or about how much money you spent on these shoes. It’s not about which professional athlete or celebrity is promoting the athletic footwear. It’s about how those shoes feel on you and how they will support your feet and ankles while they are in action. Try the shoes on and jog around in them at the store. Even if you feel silly, do so. If you have special needs such as flat feet or high arches, make sure you meet those special foot needs. A good tip is to shop at stores that offer excellent refund policies and warranties so that you can take your shoes on a test run.
The proper clothing you need for jogging is basically what is comfortable for you and will protect you from the weather elements. Common sense will tell you what to wear. If you’re in sunny jogging conditions, make sure that the clothes you wear will protect you from the sun’s heat and damage yet keep you cool. (Wear your sunscreen!) If you’re in cold weather, make sure your fitness apparel keeps you warm but not so warm that your body risks overheating and be sure to dress in layers. Basically, like your jogging shoes, don’t go for the commercialized and marketing hype. Wear what is comfortable for you in your specific weather conditions and jogging environment.
When you’re ready to start jogging, be sure to walk briskly first to get things warmed up and moving. Some of you might even want to do some power walking and/or light jogging for about 5-10 minutes to get the blood circulating and body systems functioning at a higher level. Then be sure to stretch before you start jogging. Jog at a level where you can talk with difficulty. Listen to your body. When you are ready to stop, slow down to the power walk or walk and cool down for 5-10 minutes. Bring your body systems back down gently. The finish off with 5-10 minutes of stretches.
These are general tips to follow. Please be aware that each person is different. Seek the advice of your physician and/or a personal trainer when needed.