I often hear the question – what’s the difference between running and jogging – and perhaps the answer seems obvious to you – running means you’re moving at a faster pace than jogging, right?
Well I believe the question really is – what’s the speed cut off between jogging and running, that is, how much faster do you need to go?
Well, they say that if your average speed is above 10 kilometres per hour, you are running. This means if you are moving slower than 10 kilometres per hour, then you are jogging.
For our imperial friends, this equates to six miles per hour.
That’s where the difference between running and jogging ends; they are both considered great cardio and aerobic exercises that are good for your heart, lungs, and bones as well as help strengthen your muscles.
When we look at the difference between walking and jogging, you can see the latter is harder, mainly because of the extra muscle required to maintain balance, breathe harder, go faster and the inevitable bounce up-and-down in your gait.
You should definitely do warm ups and stretching exercises before and after jogging or running.
Subsequently, there is more effort in running than jogging, and the whole process is more intense. It requires a mixture of endurance and stamina to go faster and for longer stretches.
So which is better for you? What is the difference between running and jogging on your personal health?
Well that depends on your fitness goals. Jogging is a great form of exercise and will help you decrease your average blood pressure, reduce lower back pain, help you lose weight and also build muscle and bones – both are great forms of exercise.
Obviously, if you are training for a marathon and speed is your thing – aim for a 9 minute mile.
New to running?
If you are new to running, start off slow. Begin by walking fast, then work up to jogging, and then you can move on to running. You’ve got to train your body to be a runner, which could take anywhere from a month to a year, depending on your body and the consistency or your workout schedule.
You should always set reasonable goals for yourself, gradually build on them, and celebrate when you reach them.