Is Jogging the right fit for me?
Jogging can be one of the simplest and cheapest ways to get fit, and it’s great for burning calories too. However old you are and no matter what shape you’re in, jogging can be done pretty much anytime, anywhere with barely any equipment, just comfortable clothes and a good pair of trainers!
You could choose to jog alone, with a friend, or even join a local running club, which is a great way to meet new friends. You don’t need to enter a race to enjoy jogging, it’s a great chance to listen to some music and enjoy some ‘me’ time. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, just grab your trainers, find a pace that works for you and you’ll soon see your fitness levels improve.
Is this suitable for me?
Jogging is a really simple way to get fit that doesn’t require any training or experience. However if you’ve not been active in a while you may want to take it nice and slowly the first few times you try it and build up gently. Lots of beginners try jogging for 1 minute at a time, and walking for 1-2 minutes in between. You can build up your jogging time gradually to suit your level of fitness.
Although jogging is generally a safe activity for all ages and fitness levels, including pregnant women, if you’re worried about being out of shape, recovering from an injury or suffering from a condition, it may be worth consulting your GP before you start.
How will it benefit me?
Jogging has lots of benefits, it keeps you active without having to buy lots of expensive gear. People of all ages and all fitness levels can join in. It can boost your mood, help to keep your weight under control and much more:
- Improve self-confidence
- Lose and manage weight
- Feel younger
- Increase stamina and endurance
- Feel happier
- Reduce stress
- Enjoy ‘me’ time
- Increase motivation
- Improve fitness
- Decrease heart disease risk
- Decrease risk of osteoporosis
- Improve muscle tone
- Decrease risk of high blood pressure
- Improve overall sense of well being
- Increase lung capacity
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
How much will it cost me?
Jogging is one of the cheapest activities around. All you really need is a good pair of well-fitting trainers. This will make it easier, more comfortable and reduce the risk of any kind of injury. You can get some advice from all reputable sports shops.
Jogging itself is completely free. You can run almost anywhere you want on footpaths and in parks at no cost. Whilst most areas of the city are really safe, it’s still advisable to think about your safety if jogging alone. Make sure you use well-lit public areas, especially at night. Joining a running group or club is also usually great value with many giving you the option to ‘give it a go’ before you have to commit to any subscriptions.
Can I do this near me?
You can jog practically anywhere, give it a try around your local neighbourhood. You could run a loop in the park or on the footpaths near your home. There are some great Get Going routes within Liverpool parks – find out about them here along with Beginner running groups
You can find information about joining local running clubs who will already have routes mapped out here