Running and exercise can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep you active well into your later years. But running and exercise is not all about sprinting or long distance running. There are many forms of running and many of them can fit into any exercise routine. As was mentioned before, you should consult your physician prior to taking on any type of exercise program. Let’s look at some different forms of running for exercise.
Probably one of the least strenuous forms of running, and the one that most folks seem to enjoy, is jogging. Jogging is picking your knees up in a running form but not quite breaking into a full run. Jogging is a great way to keep track of how you are progressing on the cardiovascular part of your exercise program. When you are keeping track of the cardiovascular part of your exercise program you are monitoring your heart and your breathing. Your doctor will explain how to monitor these things and what you should be looking for as you exercise. But jogging allows you a gradual increase and decrease in your cardiovascular readings. It allows you to keep track of your progress and it also allows you to gradually increase the intensity of your regiment over time. Jogging is a nice way to run for exercise in a very controlled manner. Some people like to jog on a track that can be found at your local athletic field or in your local health club. Some people like to jog outside as it allows them to get exercise and also take in some scenery. Either way is effective.
Another form of running for exercise is sprinting. Sprinting is usually done repeatedly over a very short track, maybe 100 yards or less, and can be done for leisure or competitively. Sprinting is something that you should do only under the supervision of a qualified trainer or coach. There are many factors involved in sprinting, not the least of which is the very strenuous nature of it. Sprinting instantly raises your heart rate and many other medical factors that make it potentially dangerous if not done correctly. There also concerns about pulling, or possibly, tearing muscles or tendons if you do not stretch and prepare properly for sprinting. Many people enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with a properly done sprinting program.
Running and exercise can become a very effective, and enjoyable, part of your regular health regiment. There are many forms that running can take. Some people find sprinting for short distances gives them an adrenaline rush, and a burst of energy, that satisfies their competitive nature. Other people prefer to go on a long and leisurely jog to take in the scenery and get some much needed exercise in the fresh air. Which ever form of running you choose it is important to be certain you are taking all the necessary precautions to prevent injury and that you consult your physician prior to beginning any exercise program.