As with most things in life, exercise is all about striking a balance. The easiest thing is to do too little, or no exercise at all. Believe it or not, it’s also quite easy to do too much. With any type of exercise, it is so easy to try and go too far, too soon, too quickly and end up getting injured or just downright disillusioned. Amanda Russell puts it well when she points out that for most of us:
Getting motivated to exercise, or getting ‘enough exercise’ is one of life’s greatest challenges, however, there is a small percentage (often the type that spends their Internet surfing time reading fitness blogs like this one), that actually struggle with the opposite of this… we exercise too much.
A successful exercise regimen needs to be achievable, to be enjoyable (sort of) and to bring about results. Jogging gives you all those things. You don’t have to run fast to benefit from jogging. You want to get your heart pumping a little, but not so fast that you couldn’t hold a conversation at the same time. All you need is just five 25-minute sessions a week. Here are five other reasons to follow a 5 x 25 program.
1. Jogging is something you can do practically anywhere.
Walk out your door and you can start running. You can do it in a park, you can do it on a beach, you can do it in a gym (treadmill), you can do it in the city, you can do it in the countryside and you can do it on the way to work (or on the way home from work).
2. You can run on your own, with one friend or with a group of friends
One option is to join a running club. A common misunderstanding is that running clubs are for Olympic-class athletes. The truth is that in running clubs throughout the world, for every champion athlete there’ll be several thousand people just like you. Jogging is a very social activity, and runners are very friendly people.
3. You don’t need any expensive equipment
The extent of the investment in jogging gear is really down to you. If you want to be a standard bearer for jogging fashion, you may well have to spend a little bit more. Otherwise, the only absolute essential is a fairly good pair of running shoes.
4. Jogging is an aid to a calorie-controlled diet
As a general rule of thumb, for each mile you run you will burn up between 90-100 calories. It is not unreasonable to be able to jog along at 10-12 minutes per mile. That means you could be burning around 250 calories in a 25 minute session, and 1250 calories in a 5 session week. My estimates are a little on the conservative side. Some experts, like those at fitnessexercise101, estimate a higher number of calories being burned for each mile run:
Actually, there are a lot of benefits of jogging. Of course, the most commonly known benefit is that jogging is an effective way to lose weight. You can lose significant amount of body fat by just jogging for a few minutes every day. You can burn up to 150 calories by just jogging a mile.
5. Weight loss is not the only health benefit of jogging; indeed, the health benefits are overwhelming
There is a substantial body of research that supports the view that exercise which gets the blood pumping round the body will strengthen your heart and reduce your risk of heart disease, lower your cholesterol, help you sleep better, reduce stress and even improve your memory.
So why not give it a go? You’ll feel the benefit in a couple of weeks. You’ll likely be a convert to a 5 x 25 program and you’ll want to tell your friends about it.