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6 health benefits for jogging

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Jogging is a form of trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main intention is to increase physical fitness with less stress on the body than from faster running but more than walking, or to maintain a steady speed for longer periods of time.

1. Lose Weight

Reducing your body weight is a very simple formula. To lose weight, your intake of calories should be less than the calories your body burns to produce energy.

2. Reduce Blood Pressure

Strokes and heart attacks have become increasingly more common as of late. One cause of these conditions is abnormally high blood pressure, oftentimes undetected and untreated for long periods until it’s too late.

3. Enhance Mental Health

To improve our brain’s health, we need to supply it with an ample amount of oxygenated blood and remove as much deoxygenated blood from our noggins as possible.

4. Strengthen Bones and Joints

Osteoporosis and arthritis are two conditions that affect millions of people globally every year. There are several causes for these bone and joint ailments, including a lack of calcium and essential vitamins in our diets. However, another cause of these conditions is also a lack of physical activity.

5. Strengthen Muscles

Jogging is a great activity to tone our hamstrings, gluteals, hip flexors, calf muscles, and core area. Hopefully, while you’re jogging, you’re also swinging your arms back and forth. This back-and-forth motion also gives your upper body and arms a workout but to a lesser extent.

6. Improve Longevity

If you haven’t figured it out yet, jogging can effectively extend your lifespan. With improved bone health, heart health, and mental health, as you grow older, you are less prone to succumbing to fatal illnesses associated with age. On average, people who have made a habit of jogging for at least an hour a week can add a whole 6 to 7 years to your life. Of course, there are other variables in play, such as drinking and smoking habits.

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