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Jogging is a form of trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main intention is to increase fitness with less stress than actually running, instead of competition.


The definition of jogging as compared with running is not standard. Dr. George Sheehan, a running expert, is quoted to have said "the difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank".[1] Others are usually more specific, defining jogging as running slower than 6mph (10 minute per mile pace, 10 km/h, 6 min/km).[2]


The term to jog/jogging as a form of exercise originated in England in the mid seventeenth century. This usage became common throughout the empire and in his 1884 novel My Run Home the Australian author Rolf Boldrewood wrote "your bedroom curtains were still drawn as I passed on my morning jog".

In the United States jogging was also called "roadwork" when athletes in training such as boxers, customarily ran several miles each day as part of their conditioning. In New Zealand during the 1960s or 1970s the word "roadwork" was mostly supplanted by the word "jogging", promoted by the coach Arthur Lydiard, and this form of running became quite popular among many people at that time. University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman, after jogging with Lydiard in New Zealand, brought the concept of jogging as exercise to the United States in 1962. Bowerman published the book Jogging in 1966, and later updated the book for a 1967 republication. Bowerman established jogging programs for men and women of all ages. The popularity of these programs helped to spread the concept of jogging as an exercise for everyone throughout the United States.[3]


Jogging is a "high-impact" exercise that places strain on the body, notably the joints of the knee. As a result, some people choose to take up "lower-impact" exercises such as stair climbing, swimming, cycling or walking instead of jogging.

Jogging is often used by serious runners as a means of active recovery during interval training. The runner who may just have completed a fast 400 metre repetition at a sub-5-minute mile pace, may drop to an 8-minute mile pace for a recovery lap.

Like other types of aerobic exercise, jogging is an excellent means of improving cardiovascular health, bone density and physical fitness.


  1. Running Quotes, Sayings about Runners, Jogging Quotations
  2. BBC SPORT | Health & Fitness | Are you running properly?
  3. Bowerman, William J., W.E. Harris, and James M. Shea, Jogging. Grosset & Dunlap; New York, New York, 1967.

See also:

  • American Running Association - A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and supporting runners. Provides useful suggestions and resources.
  • Canuck Runner - Provides a listing of races in the United States and Canada, training information, related links and injury prevention tips.
  • Dead Runners Society - A discussion group about running. The group is informal and social and they all try to encourage each other in their running programs. They talk about everything related to running, from meditation to marathons.
  • Iskip.com - Club of people who like to skip, and which organizes skips to benefit charities. Site profiles the movement founder and key figures, local skipping activities, and benefits of skipping.
  • MensRacing.com - Focuses on men's elite distance running. Features photos, news, results, interviews, message boards, and links.
  • Momentum Sports - Provides online running training for all distances from sprinters to marathon runners. Also give information on weights, circuits, stretching, nutrition, recommended venues for training and racing, books.
  • The National Running Route Repository - Providing maps of running routes and local links for cities across the United States.
  • Perfect Timing - Montana's Premier Race Service, provides accurate timing and results in the Montana area.
  • Realrunner.com - Training, races, starting out, clubs, women's running, health, chat, tips, marathons, 10Ks, half marathons, emailed training schedules and text messages with training schedules.
  • Run Walk Jog.com - Running and event calendars and results. Free event listing, free results listing and free online registration. 4 year training log.
  • Run-Down - Extensive running links, free monthly contests with numerous prizes, training information, injury prevention tips, results and events, training partner locator, and discussion forum.
  • RunMonkey - A running directory indexed by personal, miscellaneous, gear, and club sites.
  • The Runner's Schedule - The runners guide to road racing. Race calendar, race results from runningnetwork.com, list of event and timing companies, clubs, and running links.
  • Runners Web - Dedicated to running in the UK, including club directory, training diaries, advice, pace calculators, book reviews and message boards.
  • The Running Advisor - Running information, advice, and reviews for runners of all abilities.
  • The Running Log - Allows the user to record, review and analyze running, biking, and swimming workouts. Requires a free membership.
  • Running Online - A guide to running related web sites, high school and college programs, training articles, a college recruiting database, and runners log.
  • Running Page - Product reviews, running information, discussions.
  • Running Past - Dedicated to the history of running and running memorabila. Offers articles about running events and presents autographed items, posters, and collectibles for purchase.
  • Running the Planet - From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, the site offers descriptions of where to run and walk in the cities of the whole world, as told by the locals. Helpful for travelers, trip planners and travel agents.
  • Running USA - The official Running USA and USATF Distance Running Site. Offers events calendar, media center, results, rankings and records, administration and links.
  • Running with Active.com - A runner's source for running, training information, racing tips, and race registration. From 5k races to marathons, one of the largest running and fitness resource on the web.
  • Runningfreak.com - Calendar, results, advice, motivation, art, and contacts.
  • Running/Jogging from About.com - Guide offers regular features, forums and chat as well as nearly 500 tested links to training tips, running gear, hashing, trail running, youth, masters, for the ladies, and ultra running.
  • Suite101.com - Running - Running information, running tips, personal stories by runners, online discussion area.
  • Time-to-Run - Articles from nutritionists, physiotherapists, coaches, sports doctors, exercise physiologists, massage therapists and a calendar of events around the world.
  • TowerRunning.com - Includes schedules of races, racers, list of towers and skycrapers, and links.
  • United States Corporate Athletics Association - Regional and national running events, with news items, past results, pictures, officer listing and contacts.
  • USATF Road Running Information Center - News, records, measurement, running circuits.
  • Warmdown.com - An online community for competitive runners to meet, record training and race results, discuss, measure-up performances, and improve. Live coaching, health advice, message boards, a comprehensive log, and a PR database.
  • World Mountain Running Association WMRA - Council, constitution, rules, calendar, results, links, photographs, and statistics.


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