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Jogging vs. running. Do you know the difference between them?

Jogging vs. running. Do you know the difference between them?

1. 2. 2023 5 min. reading

Jogging is not just a new and "modern" name for running. What is jogging and when are you actually running? Find out on Top4Running!

Jogging and running. Two very similar yet different physical activities. Learn about their differences, benefits, and who they are for.

Jogging or Indian running

The term jogging is increasingly used in today''s running world. It means alternating running at an easy pace with walking. This way of moving from point A to point B dates back to the Indians, which is why you have probably heard the name Indian running, as it's also commonly called.

What are the benefits of jogging?

Jogging is an aerobic activity and is low to moderate intensity. It is a great tool for building physical condition, and endurance and also for weight loss and fat burning as it increases your overall caloric expenditure. It is very flexible because it is only up to you what distance you run and what distance you walk. You can set a plan in advance, for example, 1 minute jogging / 1 minute walking, but you can also just follow your own feelings. Another advantage is that you don't have to worry about the elevation of the route and you don't measure any metrics such as time, mileage, or average pace. You just put on your running shoes and run!

Who is jogging suitable for?

  • For beginners - Jogging will help you find your own healthy relationship with running in your running beginnings. You will gradually start to incorporate "jogging runs" into your daily routine and your body will start to get used to the physical activity. By not overdoing the start, you will avoid overtraining, have space to master your running technique, and won't stress about time or mileage.
  • For overweight people - Running puts a lot of pressure on the musculoskeletal system and overweight people are at a much higher risk of pain. In addition, a poor running technique can cause irreversible damage to joints, tendons, and ligaments, so start slowly with jogging. We recommend you have a consultation with a professional, such as a physiotherapist or running coach, who can give you valuable advice before you start.
  • For runners after injury or illness - If you are returning to running after an illness or health complications, start by jogging and gradually return to your pre-injury or illness pace. Beware, rushing can lead to even more pain or relapse.


And what does running mean?

Running is a continuous and uninterrupted activity at a pace. A runner keeps track of the distance covered, pace, or total time. He or she then analyses the data and statistics, for example, in a sports watch or keeps a running diary. The runner also alternates between several types of training and intensities, for example, tempo runs, intervals, long runs, or runs up hills or stairs, during which strength is trained as well. Some people prefer short and fast distances, while others prefer long endurance routes. In short, in addition to enjoyment, runners run for a specific purpose, such as running a race or improving their personal bests.

Running and its benefits

The main advantage of running over jogging is the relatively high intensity, which increases or keeps a person in a very good physical condition. Another positive is the variety of workouts. Running also teaches you not only physical endurance but also mental endurance = discipline. If a person is training for a running race, he or she is probably following a training plan, doing strength training, recovering thoroughly, and eating in a balanced way to give maximum performance on race day.

When to switch from jogging to running?

Or who is running suitable for? You probably don't want to hear this trite statement, but we can't help it - the switch to running is an individual matter and depends a lot on your subjective feelings. But there are three basic things to focus on:

  • Your body must be used to physical exertion - It shouldn't be a problem for you to run for 30 - 40 minutes at a steady pace without stopping.
  • You should be free of health complications - No joint pain or excessive breathing.
  • Move to running gradually - Listen to your body and decrease intensity if you need to. You can alternate between jogging and running and play with the pace!


What do jogging and running have in common?

While each activity is approached differently, there are a few common benefits it brings to your life:

  • Building physical condition
  • Positive effect on the cardiovascular system and heart function
  • Improving overall health, vitality, and stamina
  • They are a tool for weight reduction
  • Being in nature has a positive effect on your (often stressed) mind

Whether you're a jogger or a runner, enjoying the movement is what matters the most. It doesn't matter if you're training for a race or running for fun - the important thing is to find your WHY and stick with it!