Jogging (any other form of long,slow, distance practicing) is no longer an optimal practicing method. It could be downright terrible for you. There I said it. Here is why.
1. It doesn't help you visual appeal good (here is an out of this world one isn't it?)
Time for more honesty… the main reason people want to start an exercise program is to visual appeal good. Nothing wrong with that.
Sure most people don't want to visual appeal like an authority bodybuilder and most simply want to visual appeal toned. I would guess that an attractive "toned" physique for most people would be something like the bodies of those models on a health magazine like "Men's Health" or "Shape".
Now for the actuality confirm… how many individuals who jog (see the treadmills in gyms, or the jogger on the street) visual appeal like those cover models? That's correct, no longer many (if any at all!). In fact most joggers visual appeal tired, bored and unhappy (oops that's just their faces). Their bodies visual appeal gentle, jiggly and no longer particularly remarkable.
"Oh but maybe they're just commencing out". Well visual appeal at the people who have a jogging routine. Same people, same distance, same place, same gym etc. Check them out 3 months or even twelve months later. Yup. Same visual appeal or even fatter! I would suspect that all of us want RESULTS for our exhausting work. That's fair! But that's no longer what jogging provides.
What do most people need to visual appeal better than they do now? 2 primary things. More muscles (yes even women – in the proper places), and less fat. Scientific studies, and real world evidence shows us that jogging provides neither. Without getting too science-nerd-geeky (which I truly enjoy) indexed here are a few results from those studies. These results be seen empirically by you in your friends who jog, as well as by me in my prospects who used to jog before they figured out the truth.
Result A: Jogging does nothing more for fat loss than diet. Eating healthy is big for fat loss. Jogging adds NOTHING to it. Shocker!! This isn't a few 10 min a week either. Its 30-50 min 3 times a week! More than most joggers do.
Result B: Jogging does nothing for muscle gain. Jogging puts your whole frame into "starvation mode". The frame thinks "I'm lost in the jungle that's why I'm jogging so much to find my way out". Whats the end-rated way to survive in the jungle? It's to use as few calories as possible so we can reside off less delicacies. How do we achieve that? You frame commands it be calorie the use of parts to be jettisoned. Only muscles use calories! Oops there go your fat burning, calorie the use of, nice having a look out muscles.
So far, jogging is zero out of two in the having a look out good score. And it gets worse! As you jog, you get more and more green at jogging. Efficiency in car petrol consumption is good. Efficiency in jogging to visual appeal good is terrible! It means that you use LESS calories as you get "better" at jogging. Oh no! The reality of here is that you need to run extra and longer just to use the same amount of calories as you used to. This doesn't just mean that jogging doesn't work, it works in reverse!
2. Jogging doesn't help you in the "game" of life
OK more real life. I just got back from my stint in the army reserve. All the males in Singapore should do this service to our nation. I am an army engineer. We build stuff and we blow up stuff. In our practicing we NEVER had to jog to prevail in our missions. All our important initiatives were strength associated. At no time would jogging have helped my guys or I perform those initiatives successfully.
When was the ultimate time you had to wake up and run 10km. Never? Yup, me neither. However just like my army story, real life stuff is strength associated! Carrying a growing child is a strength task. So is changing a car tire, shifting furniture, carrying groceries, sprinting after the bus once you are late, climbing stairs when the elevator is crowded this list can get very long.
Another real life consideration is posture. Most people have poor posture. We slouch way too much due to the alot of time spent at a laptop at work and college. This can cause head-aches, neck-aches, and back-aches (in addition to no longer having a look out as good as we could). Unfortunately, this head forward posture is green for taking in oxygen while jogging and a number of joggers do this. So jogging makes a foul situation worse!
This next point is a sobering one. I spent a few time helping out at a place where elderly people gather for social support and to play primary games. It was very clear that the happy and healthy elderly were those who were robust, mobile and in a position to keep up themselves without assistance. I could tell by their handshakes who were still in good form and who were having poor health. I want to be robust till my ultimate breath and I assume that you do as well.
The game of life is a long one. And many elderly are left bed ridden or immobile due to the crippling health conditions. Guess what, aerobic capacity is no longer an out of this world determinant in our quality of life as we age. 2 major determinants of quality of life for an elderly grownup are leg vitality and grip strength. These are indicators of lower and upper frame strength and tool (strength and especially vitality are lost unexpectedly if we do no longer practicing particularly for them as we age). These are maintained by resistance practicing, no longer more slow jogging. Many elderly are made immobile because of falls and accidents that are due to the a lack of strength, no longer because they ran out of breath as they climbed a flight of stairs.
3. Jogging isn't that big for your health
There is a saying that I like "you don't run to get fit, you get fit to run". Its true, more than half of everybody who start a jogging program get an injury within 6 weeks. That's higher than most touch or high danger sports like rugby, American soccer, or car racing!
Firstly there is the issue of foot strength. Most people wear shoes all day and thus have weak feet. Ankle, heel, and sole accidents like plantar faciatis are common because most people's feet are no longer ready to take the pounding.
Lets move up to the knees. Each foot strike has a have an effect on 3-6 times frame weight. All this depends on the running mechanics, the shoe, and the running surface. 3 times is a low estimate. Many times we have poor mechanics, poorly chosen shoes, and overly exhausting surfaces. Combine this with poor technique and muscle firing (again caused by poor posture and an inactive life-style) and the knees take more than their fair share of have an effect on. For ladies, their naturally wider hips and less ideal bio-mechanics mean knee concerns are even more prevalent among girl joggers.
Poor pelvic alignment means even the lower back is taking to much of the ground have an effect on. With applicable practicing, rehab and changes in their exercise routine, no longer only do these concerns go away, but they get big results (i.e. they visual appeal big and are pain free).
So what are we able to do? Well i always suggest sprints (fast striding or faster) for my more experienced prospects. Or sprints on a stationary bike for the ladies and less experienced prospects. These are done in interval fashion e.g. 30 sec run/dash. ninety sec walk. These store our joints (running fast is tough on our muscles no longer our joints, and there is general less number of influences) and give big results (there we go, results again! they're important!).
Jogging is certainly better than watching TV or surfing the Internet all day. But its incredibly quite a low benefit endeavor in comparison to the potential risks. There are far better alternatives like dash cycling, fast running (in case you're a well conditioned athlete), and general frame resistance practicing with low calm down intervals. All these alternatives give far greater benefits than jogging, take less time (VERY important for long term fulfillment), and are more fun to do (also important for long term fulfillment).
I hope joggers don't take this article an a individual attack. I certainly don't mean it that way. It's just that in a fast-paced culture (with so little time to exercise) and with the new ranges of inactivity, obesity, and other life-style associated health conditions, we won't afford to do something less than optimal practicing. Even if we are blessed with a number of time, why would we do something less than what's ideal! Get off that treadmill and into a well designed resistance and interval practicing program!