This is a great question and as you research it the answers could appear as vastly different and numerous as the people who are actually participating in the activity.
Jogging is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and certainly will benefit your heart, lungs, and overall body. However, one must be very careful to not overwhelm the body and cause damage. It is imperative that you strengthen your body and gradually progress into a full running regimen. Safety first.
So, Does Jogging Build Muscle?
Simply put, yes jogging will build and strengthen muscles. For some people this is exciting news for others it could have the opposite affect.
Many people begin their running careers with simple physical fitness and weight loss in mind. Their choice to jog came in part because they did not necessarily want to bulk up in the weight room. Jogging is often chosen from a desire to slim down. However it is still working a muscle group and in a healthy person muscle should strengthen and grow with use.
This will also, in little doubt, begin to build and strengthen the leg muscles. The heart is a muscle and it too will begin to strengthen from the exercise. On a much more limited level, the arm movements that accompany the natural jogging form combined with the new level of cardiovascular health will result in some added upper body strength.
Others come into jogging or running with the idea that they will shrink the fat of their legs by participating in the activity. The challenge in most cases is that the fat does not burn away as such, but more appropriately transforms into muscle.
In reality muscle is heavier and bulkier than fat. Your legs will be become toned and tighter, but not necessarily leaner and lighter. So if your desired result was to have the legs of your jeans fit looser then you could find yourself disappointed.
It is simply one of the effects of exercise. When we use our muscles they become stronger. Muscles grow through strengthening therefore; you will see muscle growth or building when you exercise regularly.
If you desire certain lower body muscle groups to benefit over others then you can practice alternate jogging workouts to do so.
Standard jogging as mentioned before is great for your cardiovascular system and your legs, but even more specifically your hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps.
Incline training or jogging uphill on an incline will increase the workout effectiveness on the glutes, or the muscles in your buttocks. The safest and preferred method for this exercise is to run uphill and walk the downhill.
Interval training through jogging incorporates the philosophy of training hard, taking a rest, then training hard again throughout a workout session. For example, run hard for three minutes, jog for five, using the jog as a rest, before resuming to a harder run for another set amount of time.
Most people today that participate in physical fitness activities do so for the improvement of their lifestyle including their appearance. When you begin to change from the sedentary lifestyle to the physical fitness lifestyle change will occur and you should be equally ready for that change.
The results to come are for you and for you alone. Sure you want to look more attractive for your significant other or in order to find a significant other. However, if you are not satisfied with what or who you are, then most likely you will not give anyone else a chance to get to know you much less be satisfied with you.
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