Jogging: Pros and Cons

Jogging is a slower form of running, but faster than walking. It has a lot of advantages, such as helping lose weight, strengthening muscles and getting healthier. The best part is it has almost no disadvantages.

Jogging is a form of running. However, instead of running at full speed, jogging entails trotting at a slower or leisurely pace. It is slower than running, but faster than a speed walk. Some try to classify jogging as running at round 6 mph (9.7 kph).

People pursue jogging for a variety of reasons: to get healthy, to lose weight, etc. However, like everything in life, jogging has both advantages and disadvantages.  It main pros are that it helps increase endurance, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as burns calories leading to weight loss. The best part of jogging is that it has almost no cons at all. The only disadvantage is that it might lead to injury if the jogger is not careful or if he pushes his body too much.

There is a study that now shows that moderate jogging may in fact be more beneficial than no jogging, extreme jogging, or running. According to this Danish study published in 2015, one should jog 2 to 3 times a week for a total of 1 to 2.4 hours. This provides the optimum benefits for the jogger. Anything more than that provides no additional benefits, and instead might negate the benefits of jogging.

Comparison of the Pros and Cons of Jogging:

Pros/Advantages

Cons/Disadvantages

  • Effective in increasing human lifespan
  • Effective in decreasing the effects of aging
  • Is beneficial for the cardiovascular system
  • Can be used as a warm up or cool down exercise for runners
  • Increases endurance
  • Puts less stress on the joints or the cardiovascular system than running
  • Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Helps lose weight
  • Burns calories
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Lowers rate of death
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Increase life span
  • Should not be attempted if the body is not used to movement or exercise.
  • Can lead to running injuries, especially if jogging without warming up.
    Too much jogging might be more harmful than helpful

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