How To Improve Your Jogging Experience

Jogging provides seriously good benefits. Below, coaches will share their tips on how to improve your jogging technique.

If you haven’t exercised for a while and want to start jogging, Linda Watson, coaching director at Queensland’s Intraining jogging Centre, says that you shouldn’t do too much or move too quickly. The majority of new joggers try to run flat out, and they get fatigued quickly and don’t enjoy running. Begin by doing a few slow jogs mixed with walk breaks. Finish with a feeling that you could have done more exercise.

Make a plan to fit jogging into your day. Maybe begin with 15 minutes a day to start out with, but get into the habit of jogging up to four or five times each week. Brisbane running coach Pat Carroll says that when you are running, your body has to sustain a massive impact. Therefore, it is quite important to take it easy when you begin jogging. She also suggests that you visit a sport physiotherapist or podiatrist and have them examine your foot placement and style to avoid any injuries.

Carroll has seen many stress fractures, which have been caused by jogging and says one way to avoid this particular type of injury is to jog on soft surfaces, like grass. To maintain your motivation, she suggests finding a place that is enjoyable to run, even if you have to drive to get to it, such as a beach or park, rather than trying to dodge traffic.

Jogging Performance

Watson says that as a coach, she finds that jogging tends to appeal to individuals who are achievement-oriented and require support to be patient to achieve their goals. Improving as a runner is a little like maturing; you don’t notice it daily, but over time the changes can be huge.

Staying Healthy

All sports specialists agree that it is worth it to invest in a proper running shoe for jogging. Sydney coach Susan Griffith says that it is essential to get your running shoes fitted by a sports-shoe specialist. She also suggests to get rid of your old socks and buy a pair that is specifically made for running. These types of socks are designed to fit snug on your feet so your chances of getting blisters will decrease. She also advises that running on an empty stomach is not a good idea.

Griffen says that jogging is a perfect way to burn kilojoules, but warns that hitting the pavement without fueling your body leads to disaster. In order to avoid common Achilles and calf injuries, she says that while you are jogging, try to land on the back of your foot, and roll through to your mid-foot and off your big toe. She warns against jogging on the ball of your foot.

Fine-Tune Your Jog

Linda Watson recommends the following to improve your jogging performance:

  • Relax. Concentrate on keeping your face and upper body relaxed at all times.
  • Don’t over-stride. Keep your running stride fast and short.
  • Strong foundation. Take the time to build a strong base of long, slow jogging, then build up your speed work.
  • Speed work isn’t jogging in sprints, but constant efforts of 500 metres up to two kilometres at a firm, but reasonable paces.

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2 Responses to “How To Improve Your Jogging Experience”

  1. Tami
    February 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    When I first tried to get back into jogging I did exactly the opposite of what you suggested. I jogged for almost an hour feeling that I was making great strides on my first time. The next day I felt like death and I didn’t want to go at all the next day. Then that rolled into the next, and the next. It took another couple of months for me to get the real idea of how to start, I wish I’d have seen this first.

  2. Mike
    February 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    I find that jogging really helps me to get out of my head. I’m able to focus on the world around me and how beautiful things are. But it took a while to do that. I needed to get my rhythm down first.

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