So what's the difference between running and jogging? If you feel like you're running, then you're running!

Upside of Jogging and Running

  • You can run virtually anytime and under any conditions.
  • It's a good way to be alone and think.
  • Or you can spend time with a partner.
  • You can also take it indoors on a treadmill or gym track.
  • It burns a ton of calories. Even a modestly paced jog burns about 8 calories a minute.

Downside of Jogging and Running

  • Pounding on the road over long periods of time leaves you susceptible to overuse injuries.
  • Doing too much, too quickly opens you up to injuries such as shin splints.
  • Some people find jogging and running a bore.
  • Some runners don't like to go unless the weather is nice. Some love racing outdoors but can't stand a treadmill.



Are Jogging and Running for You?

This chart can help you see how jogging and running fit your goals and lifestyle concerns.

Body Parts Worked

Cardiovascular system and legs.

Calories Burned

Varies considerably depending on pace. For jogging, about 544 calories an hour for a 150-pound person, 635 for a 200-pound person. For 6-mph running, raise those estimates to 680 and 907.


A good pair of running shoes. For women, a good sports bra.


None required. Your local running club may have classes, teams or informal groups.


20 minutes, three times a week to start. Build up to longer runs, five or six days a week. Start with a simple walk/run program and gradually build up your running time.


Should be able to fit any schedule.

Jogging and Running Tips

  • It all starts with your feet. Pick shoes that have the same basic shape as your foot. Example: If your feet are long and narrow, look for a shoe that's long and narrow. Make sure the shoe is designed for running: flexible with plenty of cushioning and support.
  • Shoes wear out, even if you can't see obvious wear. Track your mileage and change your shoes every 500 miles or six months, whichever comes first. Replace more frequently if you're a larger runner, someone who pounds loudly or you see wear sooner.
  • When choosing a jog bra, look for one with the highest support rating because running is a high-impact sport. Larger-breasted women may want to wear two bras for extra support .


Liz Neporent, MA on Jogging and Running

Jogging and running may not be as trendy now as it once was, but it's still one of the best overall cardio pursuits you can do. You don't have to be a superstar to be a runner: Many communities accommodate a range of abilities with popular 5K runs, 10K runs and marathons, which can draw runners from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Even though running and jogging have a reputation for being joint killers, there's no reason for you to get injured if you take the proper precautions. Good shoes are a must. Starting off slowly and gradually building up your mileage by no more than 10 percent a week can also help keep you from developing overuse injuries. You might want to take a few sessions with a running coach to fine-tune your technique and weight train at least twice a week.

Always warm up for a few minutes before pushing into your main workout. Finish up with cool down and a stretch. At the very least, your stretching routine should hit the thighs, lower back and shoulders.

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