This article is for two types of people; the people that see slim people jogging and automatically assume that they are trying to get smaller, and for the small people who believe they don’t need to jog because they are already slim.
Jogging, or cardio (which includes running, skipping, swimming, cycling, rowing, walking and a plethora of other activities) brings a lot of benefits to the body other than just weight loss. I can however understand the ignorance that comes with that train of thought because the media, fitness professional’s, even doctors always go back to the fact that cardio is great for weight loss. But what about all the other benefits jogging brings, this notion that jogging is only good for weight loss has poisoned the minds of those who could also receive an abundance of greatness but feel they don’t have to because they are already slim.
I’ll start with this one, because this is the main reason I love to get out there whether it is on a treadmill or the road and just run. Running is a great stress reliever; you fall into your own world and don’t feel anything but you and the road. Focussing on breathing, embracing the struggle of wanting to quit but knowing you’re not going to, forgetting all your problems and just running. It also releases the chemicals in the brain that have a calming effect on your emotions, such as norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine giving you the feeling of a ‘runners high’.
This is possibly one of the most important benefits that jogging gives the body, an improved cardiovascular profile. We often lift weights to get stronger muscles, but doing cardio is how we get a stronger heart, which improves our body’s ability to distribute oxygen to our working muscles. Helping you to not get out of breath so easily and also lowering your risk of heart disease.
Jogging is a weight-bearing activity that helps to improve bone density and strength. Studies have shown that jogging helps to strengthen bones, it has also been shown to be so effective that even jogging as little as once a month can help to improve bone mass. This helps to ward off diseases like osteoporosis, which is a condition when the bones become increasingly brittle resulting in bone fractures and deformities.
Hypertension is something that a lot of people knowingly or unknowingly suffer from whether they are heavy or slim, and is often noted as the silent killer. Jogging actually helps to prevent hypertension from occurring, and it can also reduce your blood pressure if it is elevated. This is because a stronger heart can pump more blood around the body with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump blood around the body, the force on your arteries decreases, therefore resulting in a lower blood pressure.
Studies suggest that jogging helps to strengthen our immune system keeping you fit, healthy and out of the doctor’s office. This is said to be because aerobic activities promote the stimulation of bacteria fighting cells and lymphocytes that fight infections through the immune system, helping to boost your overall immunity and fight off infections.
If you have high cholesterol it is nothing to play with, often caused by inactivity and a diet comprised of high saturated fats. Having high cholesterol places you at a greater risk of developing heart problems, because high blood cholesterol can clog the arteries of your heart if not controlled. Jogging can help your cholesterol levels by improving the high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL), which is the good form of cholesterol helping to remove excess cholesterol from the cells to the liver for the body to excrete. Lowering your cholesterol levels with jogging is vital for overall health and longevity, as it will lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
If you believe because you are slim that you don’t need to do any cardio then I hope this has educated you to a certain degree. Jogging, or cardio isn’t just for people who need to lose weight, there are a great number of benefits that jogging brings to the body that goes beyond losing a couple of inches.