Slow is the new fast? This is slow jogging and many claim it helps you work out longer and therefore burn more fat. But what is it? Does it really works?
Updated: 2 Aug 2021.
I was scrolling down YouTube for tips on how to do push ups and then i noticed a video in Japanese that show you how to do slow jogging properly.
A slow jogging?
In that video Prof Hiroaki Tanaka was teaching a lady on how to run properly and then recommending to her that if she wishes to burn more fat she could do it better with a slow jog.
And also that her running form would be better if she uses a running shoe with a flat base or thin sole vs normal running shoe with cushion because the ones with thin soles would make her run more naturally.
As i see it, the main idea behind slow jog is not to exhaust you too early as compared to jogging at a faster pace. So the longer you able to jog, then you get more workout time and therefore you’ll be able to burn more fat.
Make sense right? Yeap. It does makes sense to me.
Prof Hiroaki explains further to keep our steps short (almost walking but at a slightly faster pace) and that there is no need to run fast (make sure you jog at a slow pace).
If you’re short of breath, that means you already running faster than you should and that you are not doing slow jog.
Also, if you’re not able to talk while jogging, then that also a sign that you are not doing a slow jog.
Lastly, we have to be conscious of our forefoot landing.
If you like to know more about slow jog and highly recommend that you watch videos by Prof Hiroaki. Just head on to YouTube and type “Slow Jog”.
They also have a website called Slow Jogging International with a snail as its logo. How appropriate.
As for me, I’m excited to practise this running style for the entire year and see whether it helps me to loose weight.
Well, I’ve got nothing to loose.
If an aged person able to run longer with this style of jogging, imagine what it can do to me.
So now I have 2 weight loss routines: Push-ups and slow jogging.
I had been doing slow jog for almost 3 days now; with each day consists of around 30 minutes slow jog with a distance of about 150 meters.
So total distance covered as of today is about 450 meters.
Not bad for a person who has not been working out for a very long time and with bad ankles and knees.
The main reason why I still able to jog and walk properly (i expected my conditions would prevent me from continuing further after Day 1), in my opinion mainly because of the nature of the slow jog itself that is slow pace and therefore not putting much stress on my ankles and knees.
I intend to continue further.
Wish me luck.