is there any tip to enjoy jogging?

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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 10:46
Hello people. Everybody is suggesting me to do jogging, but I simply hate running and would do whatever else. Is there anyway to start enjoying such? What are the tips to keep joging for more than 10 minutes without feeling you are dying or without getting bored. What can you do about jogging when cold weather or when the park is too far, or the street is full of straydogs?

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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 11:20
If you don't like it, DON'T do it. You won't stick with it. Find something you enjoy.

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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 11:35
If you are competitive, then just try and beat your time and/or distance each time - that could be rewarding.
Get some good music, think of it as a break and enjoy the outdoors. If that doesn't work, then why not find something you do enjoy. Anything done daily can become repetitive and boring. Change it up every so often. Consider doing intervals - fast then slow.
I do some exercises, but don't always enjoy them. Jillian Michaels is one, but I go through periods where I will use those DVDs and just chalk it up to changing things up. I usually switch things up every 1-2 months.
But unless you are highly motivated, doing something you don't like may be difficult to maintain.


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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 14:23
Start with walking. It's simple, easy to do and as you get into it, you'll go faster and longer and maybe even get into jogging. I'm with HotMamma... if you don't like it, don't do it. Find something else.

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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 14:26
Hate running ? Try, as I did Pace Walking. No running, heal to toe walking, arms pumping for 20 minutes. Keep track of you heart rate and keep it at your age level for cardiovascular workout. Check other web sites for the tables for heart rate for cardio-vascular workout. ( Will give the same benefit as running, without the pain. Measure heartbeats for 10 seconds with any finger but thumb and multiply by 6 for heart beats per minute.

Boreing ? Try ear phones and news or music.

Lots of luck.
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Posted: 12 Oct 2013, 14:41
Don't forget to get a healthy eating plan together. You don't want to be drinking juices. If you want fruit, eat fruit.

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Posted: 13 Oct 2013, 02:06
helenapatra wrote:
Hello people. Everybody is suggesting me to do jogging, but I simply hate running and would do whatever else. Is there anyway to start enjoying such? What are the tips to keep joging for more than 10 minutes without feeling you are dying or without getting bored. What can you do about jogging when cold weather or when the park is too far, or the street is full of straydogs?

I hated running as well when i started out about 2 months ago and now i love it.

The reasons i love it:
- i feel awesome when i'm done, the sense of accomplishment, i'm proud of myself that i kept on going which is the trick with jogging. everyone reaches that ten minute mark where they just want to stop, because jogging isn't comfortable, it takes energy, at first it makes you tired. so it's natural for us to want to quit but if you press passed that point it always makes you feel amazing
- endorphins are released which mentally makes you feel much more positive, less depressed and more energetic
- you burn a ton of calories in a short period of time. few exercises burn as much calories as jogging does, only things like skiing and boxing which most of us do not really have access to
- you can see your progress. when i got onto the treadmill for the first time about a year ago i literally jogged at 6 km/h, got it up to about 8 km/h, stopped gymming for a while. decided to start running again now i run at 10+ km/h sometimes even for an hour at a time. i kill the boredom with a kick ass playlist of songs that motivate me and that i enjoy. some people like listening to audio books. i also like to plan things while running to keep my mind busy so i do not focus on getting tired. i plan my outfits i want to wear, what i want to get done the rest of the day, etc etc.
- it makes you fit, nothing as embarrassing as climbing one flight of stairs with someone and then being out of breath while talking.
- it's a full body workout

With running having appropriate shoes helps a lot as well as clothes that arent too heavy or warm.

As for the cold weather i guess a treadmill is the only option, or dress warmly and go run, luckily running will make you warm, but afterwards get in the shower as quickly as possible so you do not cool off too much and get sick.

and the feeling of dying will only start going away after a week or so when you start getting fitter.

if you want you can join this challenge which aims to try and make running part of your routine. it worked for me maybe it can help make running part of your routine as well.

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Posted: 13 Oct 2013, 02:32
Thanks everyone for your reply, it's good to read your ideas and will simply try to apply and decide to stick with what will fit to my case. For the begining will start with walking and some intervals, as some of you suggested, will also try join the challenge, check the heart rate and everything. Will see what comes out of all this. I am determined to give jogging a try for a time, and see maybe I can start liking such.
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Posted: 13 Oct 2013, 11:31
I think the idea to start exercising is to gradually bring your fitness level to a point where you can start jogging short distances.Do warm-up exercises and stretch around a bit.
Get a ‘buddy’ to keep you motivated and to offer you company and safe. It will help you beat the early blues.
Don’t look at jogging as a chore that you have to do.You could also try power walking.

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Posted: 15 Oct 2013, 12:38
It always hurts at first and you will feel sore until you get to a level of fitness. Enjoyable? I do it because it feels good when I'm finished with the run. I breathe and move around better. Also, in addition to diet, is the number one way to dump the weight. The run itself is not really ever enjoyable. It takes reaching in and finishing- discipline! For stray dogs you may want to carry a golf club along on your run.

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Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 08:38
I too hated running and I still don't love it but the fact that I can and did run a 5K was a great motivator. I used the C25K app and was so focused on being able to run the whole 3 miles that I kept at it. I was never a runner but I put my mind to it and did it! It helped to have my sister-in-law cheering me on and pushing me to do the 5K with her. I also turned some people at work on to C25K so now we talk about running and when I hear how far or how many times they've run in a week, I feel like I have to match them - another great motivator. Running isn't my only form of exercise but I'm glad I have it because when the weather is nice and I want to go outside and clear my mind, it's a great way to spend 30 min.

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Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 13:05
When I started jogging 6 months ago, I absolutely hated it too. Now, I like it so much, I can barely go a day without it! Like people have suggested here, I started with brisk walking and gradually added intervals of 1-min+ jogs. You don't necessarily have to jog flat out for the whole time; after all, interval training is the best fat burner. So don't beat yourself up if you're tired after 10 mins. Just drop down to a walk for a minute or two and then pick up the pace again. If you stick at it, you'll gradually get fitter and even welcome cold weather and rain because they keep you cooler. As for stray dogs in the street, try to head for somewhere a bit clearer if you can, so that that bit of your jog is just a minor section. Sort out good quality running shoes and proper workout clothing; do lots of stretching before, during and after; and make sure you have plenty of protein in your diet to protect your muscles. Then just try to stick at it, every day for a while, even if it's just for 30 mins. Trust me, as someone who was dead set against jogging for years, it can be not only enjoyable but also hugely calming and rewarding. Good luck!

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Posted: 18 Oct 2013, 13:18
1. find a local 5 k race and sign up, race day is such a fun event, the crowd cheering you on like you are a winner!! I love runners they are awesome.
2. find someone that loves it already and try to catch their fever.
3. Try training with a runner that is pretty evenly matched with your own skill level
4. run with a purpose, head out with a reasonable time goal or distance goal. Don't set your self up for defeat don't try to run 3 if you've never even done 1.
5. don't be ashamed of a run/walk training program, run for a minute walk for a minute or whatever!!
6. running is awesome, its a great way to manage your weight and over all fitness.
7. be safe and have fun.

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Posted: 19 Oct 2013, 06:11
great tips, thanks.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 01:21
oh that's great. thanks for all the tips, everyone. i will be joining a challenge in fatsecret from tomorrow. hope jogging will also add fun to my exercise regime.
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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 19:03
its all about the music - get your favorite songs on an i=pod and go!

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 19:44
A Vos.. works for me.

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Posted: 21 Oct 2013, 04:03
yes, take the dog with you Smile

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Posted: 21 Oct 2013, 05:35
Listening to music while jogging for me a best way to enjoy or look for some partner to go jogging in order for you not bored while running.

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Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 11:50
I am currnetly interval training. I walk to warm up then jog for a bit. I count the steps, I jog any where from 60-120 step, at 120 steps it feels like enough, then I walk again until I am ready to jog another 60-120 steps. I am hoping to continue to increase my numbers (a year ago I could only jog 10 steps). You can also check out the "couch to 5k" website. It teaches you to jog and provides and exercise plan. Maybe the challange will keep you motivated. I also say find a partner to jog with, it makes the time fly by when you are exercising. I personally do not use music or an ipod, I like the peace and quiet and how it clears my mind. And I do not exercise on a treadmill. I only exercise out doors, I find different routes, discover new parks and wild life. All of those things keep me interested.

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