Benefits of Jogging – It’s about More Than Calories Burned Running
Think about the benefits of jogging. It’s a given that jogging is a great way to burn body fat. As soon as you realize that every mile jogged is 100 calories burned you start to understand that you can start making exponential moves torching 1000 calories at a time. It’s also a given that joggers lean-to-fat ratio improves rapidly with dramatically enhanced definition of the calves, thighs, hips, and butt. But for the hard core, the benefits of jogging go way deeper than calories burned running.
Jogging satisfies many deeper needs. Joggers love to test their mental strength, their physical strength, and their endurance which gives them a confident feeling of self reliance. At some point, each new jogger has an epiphany moment when they realize that they are capable of overcoming just about anything – whether it’s a long run, a steep hill, or even a fast paced race.
It’s not about losing a few pounds, it’s about getting back into amazing shape and kicking but. And unlocking this dynamic mindset, living the Fight Not Flight response, feeling this newfound anticipation for what lies ahead, all adds up to an energized mood that fills each part of your life. It makes you dynamic and vital, enabling you to do anything you set your mind to.
- A great manifestation of the benefits of jogging is Dara Torres.
On the week-ends I do my long runs in the morning and lately Dara has been passing me multiple times as she speeds back and forth the 5 mile Fort Lauderdale beach. She’s a force of nature with a ponytail. You know she’s pushing hard, there’s no grace of a marathon runner, she’s pushing herself past her comfort level, testing her limits, beating whatever goal she has established in her head. And she looks strong, not just in terms of speed, you can’t help but notice her abs and biceps; she’s like a walking anatomy chart with each of her muscles extremely defined. If I was to guess the benefits of jogging for Dara, I would say that jogging makes her feel like a warrior. It also makes her feel in control as she forces her body to adapt by burning fat for fuel to get that shredded look and wash board abs, to adapt by releasing human growth hormone which gives her the muscle definition, and to adapt by releasing beta endorphin and catecholamines which make her feel amazing.
Here is an explanation of these benefits of jogging in more detail.
The Benefit of Jogging Far (Aerobic Jogging) – Your Body Learns to Prefer Burning Fat
After running for a half hour you will likely have reduced your blood sugar and insulin enough that your human growth hormone can start liberating fat for fuel. As you continue to extend your run beyond the half hour mark you start burning primarily fat for fuel and which means two things, you can run for a long time as your fat isn’t going to run out, and you lose a lot of stored body fat. Cardo Tip: When you run far your body uses HGH to release and burn stored body fat.
The Benefit of Jogging Fast (Anaerobic Jogging) – Your Body releases Growth Hormone
To burn the most calories, you want to stay aerobic and run almost indefinitely without getting tired. But, you can also boost your HGH levels (HGH helps grow muscle and burn fat) by adding some fast anaerobic intervals in your jog. When you push into the anaerobic level of intensity you create oxygen debt in your muscles, which results in the production of lactic acid. This higher level of lactic acid lowers your blood ph which triggers your body to produce more HGH. Cardio tip: On your long run incorporate a few intervals to stimulate the production of HGH, then go back to a more comfortable pace and let the HGH destroy your fat and fuel your run.
The Benefit of Jogging Intensely – Your body Responds with A Buzz, an Adrenaline Rush
There is no substitute for the adventure of a jog to get your heart beating but there are physiological reasons that jogging gives you that feel good buzz. Jogging intensely triggers an adrenaline rush as your body releases fight or flight hormones called catecholamines. They are responsible for your elevated heart rate. This intense jogging also pushes up the level of beta endorphin in the blood giving you that “runner’s high.” Beta endorphin is a peptide produced in your pituitary gland and hypothalamus which resembles opiates in its ability to produce a feeling of well-being. An hour ago you felt sluggish and slow; now you are fully stimulated and eager to overcome any challenge ahead. Cardio tip: do your intervals untill you feel out of breath and can feel your face warm a bit, that’s when you know your body is responding and the rush is coming.
If you love nothing better than to get your heart zooming from new experiences, you are likely already a jogger sharing Dara’s warrior spirit. You already feel physically and mentally unbreakable. If you want to really experience the benefits of jogging, I recommend you schedule a race to keep you inspired and then enjoy the cascade of physiological changes both physical and mental.