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 anytime, anywhere with minimal equipment needed, just comfortable clothes and a good pair of trainers!

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.

Jogging has lots of benefits including:

  • Keeping you active without having to buy expensive gear
  • People of all ages and all fitness levels can join in
  • Helps keep your weight under control
  • 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

Jogging 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.