Jogging can be a real fun activity for women to lose weight. If you don’t like going to the gym, jogging is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy a bit of nature (or the city) several times a week. If you have never jogged before, it may seem a bit intimidating, especially if you are a woman. If so, pay attention to the following tips to become a pro jogger in no time:
Buy the Right Clothes
First of all, you need the right clothes to go jogging. The regular t-shirts and pants that are comfortable to wear at home may not be so comfortable when you exercise. The problem with regular clothes is that they can chafe with your running movements. Also, regular clothes tend to be absorbent. When you jog, the clothes with absorb sweat and feel very heavy against your skin. Therefore, invest in proper womens activewear that will keep you comfortable and covered when jogging. When buying, make sure you buy the clothes befitting the season and weather as well.
Take Necessary Safety Precautions
One of the main reasons women don’t like to jog is safety. There have been way too many cases of female joggers getting harassed, or worse, going missing. While you may read about these stories, keep in mind that such cases are rare in Australia. However, it doesn’t hurt to stay safe. If you are overly concerned, you can always jog with a friend and find safety in numbers. Stay away from jogging paths or parts in your town that are rather isolated. Jog where the crowds are to stay safe. Also, if you are jogging in the evening, do so in well lit areas where there’s noise. You might want to consider carrying a protection device like pepper spray. Also, avoid wearing noise cancelling headphones and don’t blast music too loud. When you listen to music, keep it at a volume so that you can also hear surrounding noises.
Start with Short Distances
When starting out for the first time, plan short routes so you get used to jogging. If you have never run before, you will need to allow your body to get used to the activity. It may take a week or so until you know how to pace yourself and breathe properly. Starting out slow with short distances is the best option. You should increase the distance run gradually every two or three days depending on your personal ability.
Learn to Up Your Game with Sprints
If you want to lost fat and build muscle, then you need to really run. You can start with a slow jog to warm and, and then you need to sprint for at least 30 seconds to really burn those extra calories. The best pace to maintain to lose weight is to include short sprints on a long jog. Change speed as you jog so that your body expends more energy.
Last but not least, don’t forget to stay well hydrated on your jogs. You could risk fainting if you run without drinking enough water. After your jogs, you may need to eat a snack to get potassium level back up in your body. However, avoid drinking or eating sugary or fatty foods.