Wogging, the new buzzword in fitness language, blends two exercises, jogging and walking, together. Researches show that this form of activity helps the body preserve energy and reach your destination on time.
For some, wogging can be a step toward running. For some, its a workout all its own.
You can start at wogging and then go jogging and running. That is not my goal. I actually blend walks in my runs all the time. I run for a bit and then walk for a while.
For me, this is not a way to be able to run continuously, but an exercise form where I want to stay. Jog a little, then walk a little. The point is to exercise!
Wogging is a way to extend our ability to go farther with less energy.
Do you want to lose more weight than you would by just walking or by running? If so, maybe wogging is the exercise for you.
What is wogging
What is wogging and how do you do it? As the name suggests, wogging is moving at a pace that is more than a walk and less than a jog.
There are even two different ways to wog, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
Two ways of wogging are there:
- Steady wog
- The variable wog.
The first way to wog is the “steady wog.” Merely walk at a quick pace swinging your hips as you go. You are not bouncing as you would at a jogging pace. In fact, you should concentrate on landing the heel of one foot while the other is still in the air.
One of your feet is always on the pavement so that there is no jarring to the body. It is similar to race walking, but not quite as fast.
Have you ever seen racewalkers? You will notice how they sway their hips, the majority of their movement is concentrated in the lower body. Swaying the hips both helps and allows for increased speed. Feel free to swing your arms as you wog along but exaggerated arm movements are not necessary.
The second way to wog is in an “intermittent” fashion. That is, you are constantly changing the pace at which you move along. You can stroll for a while, pick up speed, stroll again, then go very slowing.
The added benefit of the changing pace is that it fools your body into thinking more effort is needed. Eventually, the body sets its fat burning level at the highest pace. You may be going to all different levels of speed, but your body is revved to the highest it level it might need.
There are many benefits to wogging. Everyone knows that walking is an excellent exercise cause it’s fun and easy. But if you are just strolling the recommendation is that you keep at it for an hour. Lots of folks like to jog because it burns more calories. But that’s known to be tough on the joints and for some, it’s even painful.
Be a healthy person and exercise in moderation!
Whichever form of wogging you chose, you will get the best of both worlds. Wogging allows you go at your own pace, again and again. You’ll burn a lot more calories, without the wear and tear of jogging.
Next time you lace up those sneakers why not give wogging a try?
I’ve been wogging for years and wear a Fitbit fitness tracker during my work-outs. I can check the timer, which makes a big difference and helps me pace myself. Usually, I jog 4 minutes and then walk for 1 minute. Every 20 minutes or so, I do some extra exercise for a couple of minutes, and this helps break up the exercise routine.
For me wogging is a physical exercise, but it also has psychological and spiritual benefits. I am aware of the beauty around me and conscious of what I’m thinking and feeling. I can stare at the clouds, animals, and trees.
It’s not about distance or speed, or how hard you try. It’s about how much you enjoy it. Because if you don’t enjoy it, you’ll eventually stop.
Do something like this:
- walk actively for a time and then accelerate into a run
- once you get exhausted, and your pace drops, start walking again
- walk until you recover enough to burst into another run
- The distance you cover doesn’t matter, instead, set out for a certain length of time, say, half of an hour.
- Three to four sessions per week will help you to lose weight
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