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Running vs. Jogging

Maybe this seems obvious - running means you're moving at a faster pace than jogging. The question really is - how much faster?

Technically, if it takes you less than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, you are running. If it takes you more than 9 minutes to complete 1 mile, you are jogging.


They are both considered great cardio and aerobic exercise that work your muscles and are good for your heart, lungs, and bones.

Jogging is harder than walking because it requires more muscle to go faster, bounce up-and-down, breathe deeper, and balance. Running requires more effort than jogging, and is more intense. It requires stamina to go faster, and endurance to go for longer periods of time.

So which is better? Well that depends on your fitness goals. Jogging is a great form of exercise and will help you lose weight, decrease blood pressure, build bones - both are great forms of exercise. If you are training for a marathon and speed is your thing - aim for a 9 minute mile.

Fit's Tips: 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. Set reasonable goals for yourself, gradually build on them, and celebrate when you reach them.

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