Regular physical activity and keeping a healthy weight are 2 proven ways to help reduce your risk of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you’re looking for a new exercise to keep you active, consider jogging. You don’t need a lot of expensive gear to get started and stay with it: Good shoes and a place to move, like a sidewalk, track, or treadmill, are all that’s required.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting regular physical activity during the coronavirus pandemic as long as you practice social distancing guidelines. It’s best to check with your local authorities to see if your area has specific guidelines about wearing a face covering when running or jogging outdoors or in a gym. You could keep a clean one tucked into a pocket so it’s ready to use, just in case.
These activities can be hard on certain parts of the body, so once you’ve cleared your exercise plan with your doctor, set a strategy.
Some people find it easier to get into shape if they have a goal. Consider signing up for a 5K run (about 3.1 miles) or a charity distance event to give yourself added purpose as you train. Many organizations are setting up virtual running events during the pandemic that allow you to track, log, and report your participation online or using an app. According to Mayo Clinic, a 5K run is an appropriate distance for a beginner. Get started with a 5K training schedule from mayoclinic.org.
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