IS JOGGING A GOOD EXERCISE REGIMEN FOR MEN?
Jogging is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise but it has to be done right. For men, that means a bit more attention to the exercise overall as we tend to weigh more than women and our energy and nutritional needs are different.
First of all, never just jump into jogging without the right preparation. It is highly advisable to discuss your regimen with your doctor and if possible trainer. This is because jogging effects every system of the body and it can be rigorous enough to cause short and long term damage if not done correctly. Your doctor and you should know off hand that you're capable of taking the shocks and jolts of running. Are your ankles, knees, hips, able to go through the paces? How about heart and respiration? Certainly all will improve through jogging but men who jog just like everyone else will need to start off slow and then build up endurance.
Your body can take a great deal of punishment. It works best when things are done on a gradient not a sudden boost. The reason for this is because the body needs to assess what you are doing and how best to prepare and remedy itself so it can endure more. Putting the body through a stressful event where muscles and ligaments and tendons are put to the test should be done with the utmost care. There shouldn't be any injuries or it will sideline the jogger and no gains will be achieved. Remember, take things slow at first and build up.
A good jogging regimen for men includes the proper preparations. After you've got the greenlight from the doctor or trainer, make sure you have the right footwear. You need to protect your shins, feet, knees so a pair of running shoes that are designed for jogging are best advised. Do two things here, go to footwear store and try a few on. Find what is comfortable that has plenty of ankle support. Check online and see what customers are saying about their picks for running shoes. Just because there's a big name logo on the shoe doesn't mean it's the best. What makes a great running shoe is engineering, plain and simple. Look for the shoes endorsed by doctors. Look for clinical test data that shows the shoe has been put through professional testing and can handle the wear and tear. Running shoes can be expensive and you'll need several pair a year if you undergo jogging regularly so be aware.
Once you're ready to get jogging, look at the route you'll take for the first mile. If you can't run a mile the first week then switch between walking and jogging. It works. Walk a few hundred yards, jog a few hundred yards, and then rinse and repeat that. In a few days you'll notice you don't need to walk as much and can jog the rest. It only takes a week to get up enough endurance to run a mile if you're not terribly overweight and out of shape. Running is what we humans do best outside of walking.
Now that you've started you keep detailed statistics of how far you can jog and also heart rate etc.. That is vital data your doctor can read and help you with.
Jogging for men is something natural. Because we have concrete to run on it's not natural. If you can run on grass, fine, but if all you have are sidewalks, take it easier. See if there's a school race track or municipal jogging trail to use.
Overall, the benefits of jogging are immense. It builds bones and muscle, respiration, efficiency in metabolic systems and more. A great exercise to take up.