A guest post on, well, jogging.

Fitness for health and wellnessJogging is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy. Not only is it an excellent cardio exercise, it allows you to get some fresh air; something that is a rarity with our modern lifestyle. Here are some top tips from fitness experts to help amateur joggers stay in shape the right way.

Get the right pair of shoes

Never underestimate the importance of a good pair of running shoes. It is very important that the piece of equipment that is responsible for your feet making contact with the ground is top-notch. Many people make the mistake of being thrifty when it comes to buying running shoes. This is not to say that only expensive running shoes are up to the task: the most important thing to remember is that you should be comfortable in them.

Be sensible about eating and drinking before you go jogging

As an amateur jogger, don’t be surprised if you are inundated with advice about ideal eating habits before you go jogging. The truth is, your body is unique, just as everyone else’s and you have to find a diet regime that works best for you. However, there are some general tips you can adopt and work on. For example, do not drink so much water before you go jogging; a few ounces 30 minutes before you go jogging should be enough. Similarly, avoid the temptation to eat anything besides fruits. Fruits digest much more quickly and the last thing you really need is undigested food bouncing around your stomach when you’re running.

Keep yourself hydrated

You know you’re getting a good workout while jogging when you break a sweat. The more you sweat, the better the workout. However, sweating also means that your body is losing water and after a point, dehydration becomes a serious concern. Quite often, dehydration can cause muscle cramps and much more serious ailments. If you’re going on long runs, carry a small bottle of water with you. If you have access to drinking water along your jogging route, make full use of it. Take extra care to make sure you are hydrated during the summer months or if you live in a humid climate.

Run regularly, but take a break once a week

It is a good habit to ensure that you run every day; it will enable your body to take maximum advantage of your jogging routine. However, it is just as important to ensure that you do not push your body too far. Take a break at least once a week so that your body can recover. If you push yourself too far by jogging every day, you run the risk of falling victim to fatigue, or even worse, picking up an injury that will hamper your ability to go jogging.

In case of discomfort, re-evaluate your running style

Jogging is a high-impact activity and various parts of your legs and feet are subject to varying degrees of force. Whenever you feel any discomfort, re-evaluate your running style and make modifications to your running technique. If you ignore the discomfort, you will be running towards a long-term injury.

Perfect your breathing technique

Your breathing technique plays a big role in how effective your jogging sessions are. Take the time to concentrate on your breathing technique and try to perfect it. Not only will you feel a lot better when running, you will burn additional calories and it will also substantially increase your stamina.

Simply follow the top tips mentioned and you will find yourself getting the most out of your jogging sessions.

Barbara Woodbery is one of the senior editors with MagazineSubscriptions.com. She advocates people to exercise more in order to lead a healthy life.