Jogging was created in the 17th century in Europe. The word jogging was further promoted in New Zealand by Coach Arthur Lydiard. A coach at the University of Oregon by the name of Bill Bowerman adopted this concept of exercise in the United States in 1962. It was now truly global.

While walking, jogging and running are great exercises, running and jogging can be categorized as aerobic.

Jogging requires more muscle than walking, but running requires more effort than jogging and is more intense. Jogging is something that you can do to stay in shape and/or have fun, while running is generally more competitive and something you do if you are participating in a race.


Although in recent years increasing numbers of people have turned running into something that you do to stay in shape and have fun.

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One of the more notable differences between jogging and running is that with jogging a person appears to be trotting at a leisurely pace, with running a person’s hip turnover and footfall will be faster.

Another difference is that with jogging people use it as a prelude to running and a confidence builder. With running, people have already established a certain level of confidence and are usually preparing for a big race.

A distinguishing factor of jogging vs. running is the speed.

There are times when a novice runner will proclaim that they are running all of the time during their training session, but in reality they are jogging, and there is nothing wrong with that especially if they have an understanding of speed.

Usually anything less than six miles per hour is considered to be jogging.

I would recommend that for a person first starting out with jogging and/or running that they get on a treadmill and jog/run at different speeds so that they can become accustomed to how it feels to their body. The body will be stressed to different degrees so it is important to find out what can be coped with and built on. Going too hard too soon can quickly result in serious discomfort and injury.

The chances of injuries increase when a person shifts from jogging to running on a regular basis.Some of the injuries are twisted ankles, pulled hamstring muscles, shin splints, and runner’s knee. I would recommend that a person investigate working with a running coach in order to minimize these types of injuries by learning proper form and technique.

As stated earlier, intensity is one of the main differences between jogging and running. There are a lot of runners that use jogging as a warm up to a race or long training run.

Some people find that jogging produces too much of an up and down movement, which potentially produces a jarring motion to the joints in the legs. Some runners utilize jogging during a race or training run to rehydrate or refuel.

So, there are some differences, but also some similarities. People can intertwine both based on how they feel or what they are trying to accomplish!

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