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What is it?

  • Jogging is running for exercise.  

  • It is usually done informally, often on the streets in towns and cities, in parks or on country roads.  

  • You can also jog as a form of keepfit in a club, often using a running machine.

Find out more


We have not managed to identify any organisations specifically concerned with jogging.  But the following keepfit organisations may be helpful.

Active for Life 
Exercise England  0807 506506
Fun & Fitness 
Keep Fit Association 
The Fitness League 



Running Fitness

See also other magazines on athletics and keepfit


Getting started

  • Find a local jogging group or club (see organisations above).

  • See if there is an introductory session at your local club or sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of jogging.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Jogging can be done by people of all ages and different levels of fitness.

  • Many people go jogging on their own, sometimes early in the morning, in their lunch hours, or in the evening after the day's work or other activities.  

  • Some people like to jog with one or more friends, or even in small groups.  

  • It is usually better if the people you jog with are of roughly the same standard and fitness as yourself.  But they need not be of the same age or sex.

Equipment or clothing
  • Good sports shoes are essential for jogging to avoid injury to feet and legs.  

  • Loose clothing is also desirable;  many people wear track suits, or shorts in warmer weather.

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed for jogging, just a circuit that you can follow of the length that you want.  

  • It is preferable to avoid roads with heavy traffic;  parks and residential areas are often used in towns.


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