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5/ Running, Jogging and Walking ?

 

There is a difference between running and jogging. Those who are fit enough should stick to running. Those who are too old or insufficiently fit for running should not jog. They should walk briskly.

Jogging too often degenerates into the slow labored movement where much of the jogger's weight is behind the body's centre line and taken on the rear half of the foot. Running is the faster, more natural method of locomotion where most of the weight is absorbed by the flexible front portion of the foot, and the body is leaning forwards of the centre line.

Joggers likely to strike trouble; include the 65 per cent of adults with one leg shorter than the other, especially the semi-fit person who hasn't run any distance since his/her youth.

Even fit young athletes and footballers who jog on hard surfaces as part of their training routine are liable to undo the benefits of other training methods. The long-term pounding action on a hard surface can cause or aggravate bio-mechanical damage to joints and other tissues anywhere from the foot or ankle to the top of the spine, and especially to the weight bearing mechanism of the sacro-iliac joints.

If you can run comfortably, then run fairly fast for a short distance on grass. Stop when you are out of breath and walk until you regain your wind. This is the sprint/walk method which is safer and more beneficial than jogging. Keep your arm action straight fore and aft. A tendency to swing your arms at an angle across the body indicates a possible spinal problem.

Those that find it difficult for the sprint/walk program, spend the equivalent time walking briskly, doing the breathing exercises, previously described, to improve your lung capacity.

 



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