Article: Average Jogging Speed
You may be surprised, but jogging speed depends entirely and only on your heart rate.
Your heart rate represents the number of your heart beats in a single minute, commonly referred to as “BPM” (beats per minute) – and this is what determines your running tempo, the deciding factor in developing your body and health through jogging.
Now that you know this, you should never again concern yourself with such thing as an average jogging speed – recommended jogging speed is different for everyone!
You should only be looking at your heart rate, and there’s a formula you should become familiar with. Common formula to define one’s optimal jogging BPM is:
[220-(your age)] * 0.8 BPM (heart beats per minute)
- for example if you are 30 years old: (220-30) * 0.8 = 152 BPM
- How to determine your BPM?
Simply meassure your pulse – put two fingers against your wrist or on the neck and count each beat for the duration of one minute. You can do this during or after the exercise.
Hint: You can also use a stopwatch to make the measurement more simple and accurate.
Running speed varies on the individual’s physical fitness, age and other factors. It is often a relatively slow speed in comparison to other running techniques, which is good because it enables people that are out of shape a proper and efficient workout.
Your average jogging speed progresses over time, as you develop gradual physical fitness.
Please note that by running at a proper speed, you will experience the benefits of jogging much faster than you would usually!