As jogging is one of the nation's favorite outdoor
activities, a few words of advice and caution should be given to the
beginning and serious joggers.
Although jogging is a great way to improve your fitness, it is not intended for everyone. Persons under treatment for
medical conditions or those taking prescription medication should consult their primary care physicians regarding their health status
before starting a jogging program.
Proper warm-up and cool down exercises before and after jogging are essential to both the novice and experienced jogger.
These exercises are intended to loosen muscles and help prevent cramps or injuries to muscles and tendons.
Just as in any other sport, proper equipment is necessary for better performance. For jogging, clothing should be loose
and non-confining. Shoes should be supportive, well fitted and adequately cushioned to help absorb the stress in jogging.
Ideally the surfaces should not be hard and unyielding. A word of caution: grassy areas sometimes have small
potholes that can cause tripping and falling, so one should be careful when using this kind of surface. In cities, asphalt and concrete are
almost unavoidable, and if one must jog over these hard surfaces, asphalt is slightly less jarring. Sometimes cinder or dirt running paths
or cushioned synthetic track surfaces can be found at schools or parks.
Patience is important to prevent jogging injuries. Begin slowly and build up. Start with very short distances, perhaps no
more than one block, and increase gradually. Alternate walking and jogging to complete your workout. This allows your feet and legs to
develop and become conditioned to this form of exercise.
Like any other sport, jogging can have related injuries. Early signs of trouble may include heel and arch pain, foot
and leg fatigue or cramps, or inability to go beyond a certain distance. These often are indications of injury, improper stretching exercises,
improper terrain or faulty training methods, such as increasing the running distance too much too soon. If pain and discomfort persist, then
professional help from a podiatrist should be sought.
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