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Want to Be a Jogger: Here's How to Love It

By Virginia Laird

All my life I have wanted to be the person who could hop on a track and run for miles. The truth is, for the longest time I had a hard time loving a jog. After much trial, effort, and error, I have finally learned to love this exercise. There is something liberating about jogging for several miles, enjoying the peace of nature, and the quiet minutes alone. Fitness experts suggest that jogging can help reduce stress, manage weight, and promote good health. These same professionals have put together a list of tips to try which can help you learn to enjoy jogging. These include:

  • Consider jogging with a friend
  • Take break as needed
  • Always jog with fully charged devices

Consider Jogging With a Friend

As you learn to love jogging (or any workout) it can be helpful to jog with a friend. Having company with you as you struggle to complete your determined goal can help you stay focused and motivated. Jogging with a friend can also help you enjoy the jog and keep you laughing. As you begin to consider who may be best suited to be your jogging buddy, it is best to keep in mind that you will need to set goals together and be willing to keep the same pace.

Take Breaks as Needed

For many, setting out on a long jog can be a brutal thought. Fitness gurus admit that jogging (any distance) routinely is a mental battle. They suggest it is best to plan ahead for breaks as you embark on your jogging. This can help you feel accomplished as you meet each shorter distance. Planning breaks can also keep you going. Although it may sound crazy, knowing that you have a break coming up can keep you from stopping when you really want to give up. During these designated breaks you should plan to hydrate, stretch, and (if needed) walk for a minute.   

Always Jog With Fully Charged Devices

In my mind, there is nothing worse than setting out on a long jog without a fully charged device. If you are anything like me, jogging with music is essential to making it the entire distance. For this reason, health and wellness experts suggest that you should always charge your device to its fullest prior to a jog. This includes, but is not limited to, your phone, headphones, and any other device you may need to help your journey be successful and safe.

Now find a good trail and a friend and get started on your path to loving a jog right away.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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