Jogging 101

Guidelines to run with

(HealthDayNews) -- Jogging is one of the most effective, convenient and time-efficient forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and the vast outdoors.

If you'd like to start pounding the pavement, check with your doctor that running is the right activity for you. Then lace up your shoes and follow these tips from the American Council on Exercise:

  • Keep your head level, and avoid bouncing. Lean forward slightly from the ankles, not the waist.
  • Keep your shoulders down and relaxed.
  • Strike the ground first with your heel, then roll to the ball of your foot, pushing off from the toes.
  • Take time to warm up and cool down before and after a run.
  • Don't increase your total distance more than 10 percent per week.
  • If anything hurts, take time off until it feels better.
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