Monday, April 27, 2009
Run Bee Run!
Jogging is similar to walking in that it can be done anytime and anywhere and involves either one person or many. Again, like walking, jogging or running also conditions the heart, improves your muscle tone and strength, and relieves stress, besides also dealing with osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease.
Getting started: Speak to your doctor before setting off on a running program. Go for a brisk walk or a slow run to warm up and then do a couple of stretching exercises. Slowly, build up a comfortable jogging pace. Ideally, you should land on the ball of your heel and push off from your toes.
Jogging helps to reduce stubborn belly fat. Stubborn fat can be very hard to shift, and a running program can really help to cut down on the last of your stubborn fat.
If you suffer from poor appetite, jogging will improve your appetite. Along with all other forms of exercise - the harder you work, the more you need to eat to repair your muscles and refuel them. When you start to run longer distances you will start to eat to fuel your body, and may even find that you need to eat more food everyday, than you did when you were overweight.
Stress reduction. Do you feel like the whole world is collapsing on top of you? I think everyone does at one stage or another. If you keep positive, it will pass. Aerobic exercise is a great way to keep positive. When you are stressed, it is important to get enough sleep. Exercisers actually go to sleep faster, are more refreshed when they wake up, and have sharper memories. Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, bringing extra sugar and oxygen, which can help when concentrating.
Casual Running - The majority of runners do it casually for the physical, social, and mental benefits. Casual runners usually love accessibility of running -- you don't need any fancy equipment and you can do it almost anywhere. And it's never too late to start running, as many people who have taken up the sport in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s have proved.
Stress relief is another huge benefit of jogging. Whether by allowing you the time to think about life's problems or time to escape them for awhile, tension easily flies by the wayside as you fly over the miles. Distance runs are great for solving problems that are nagging at you. What better than a 3 hour run all by yourself to clear your mind and allow you to pin down an answer? Speed runs are great for tearing through aggression and anger. Focus all that emotion into a few sprints and you'll feel better in no time.
You must jog for at least 20 minutes before you will start to burn fat so for beginners it is recommended that you run for 25-30 minutes continuously. If this is not possible make sure you walk briskly and try to extend the duration to 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Another option is to jog in intervals so try jogging for 5 minutes and walking for 2 minutes. Increase how long you run for as your fitness improves. Try adding 5 minutes on each week or every second week. Aim to run for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Your maximum jogging time might end up being 1 ½ to 2 hrs but you should have some rest days or some shorter days in between your maximum long jogs.
Here is another great reason to run and it's for a great cause! - Breast Cancer
Please visit BeeWellMiles.com and log the miles you walk or run each day. From 4/1/09-10/31/09, Bumble Bee Foods will donate $0.15/mile for every mile logged at BeeWellMiles.com (up to $200,000) to help Breast Cancer Network of Strength provide emotional support to those who can't wait for tomorrow's cure.
How much do you think you could help raise for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength utilizing BeeWell Miles . What if you enlisted your friends to participate?
Now that you are on the path of a healthy lifestyle, BeeWellMiles gives you all the resources you need to make the most of it. Interact with healthy living experts, log your miles and discover the calories you burn. Calculate your route's mileage. Share your favorite walking/running route with others. You can even enter your meals to understand their caloric values, then see how your activity and nutrition offset each other. Interact with other guests and share ideas and tips on getting healthy and staying their. Plus, each day you log miles or game codes from pink Bumble Bee cans you could instantly win one of 15,000 prizes!!