What Happens To Your Body When You Run, Sprint and Jog

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We’ve heard from trainers that a slow, 30 minute jog isn’t an effective workout; we’ve also seen spreadsheets and charts describing 30-minute workouts that involve sprinting, jogging, and even short walks. So what really happens to your body when you run long vs. short distances, at a slow or fast pace? To find out, we asked Derek Peruo , a personal trainer at Peak Performance in New York City who writes and consults for magazines like Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and Men’s Health. We asked him about everything from calorie-burning to metabolism—and even things like V02 max, muscle building, and the elusive runner’s high.

Read the gallery to find out what really happens to your body during different types of runs—and what kind of training plan is best for you:

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    • Patricia

      Very informative slideshow…..great info!

    • Hannah

      More articles like this. Awesome information. Thanks!

    • Briana Rognlin

      Glad you guys liked it!

    • Nina

      Thank you so much for this! I decided to RUN instead of jog today because of this article and I can’t believe a) how much more fun it was, b) how amazing I feel 4 hours later.

      Question: I found running much easier than jogging (I would have upped the pace a long time ago if I had known this would happen). After running for two minutes, I lowered the pace to my usual jog and it felt like I was moving through molasses. Anyone know if their is a physiologic reason for this?