A group of health and fitness gadgets designed to assist running, including Beats Powerbeats Pro headphones, Garmin Forerunner 745 sports watch, Zwift Run Pod and a pair of Saucony Endorphin Pro running shoes, taken on November 25, 2020. (Photo by Neil Godwin/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
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The Big Difference Between Jogging And Running
Running and jogging have different definitions and functions within the running community, but both have tremendous health benefits. The most apparent difference between running and jogging is pace, and some distance runners leverage jogging as a tool for recovery, making it an excellent option for many.
Running intensity can be scientifically measured with a unit called Metabolic Equivalent of Tasks, or MET, and scientists have rated running as requiring at least 9 METs. Pace impacts energy expenditure and how many calories are burned, and the faster the pace, the more vigorously the bodies move, and the more calories are burned.
While walking hovers around 4.5 miles per hour, running is movement over 6 miles per hour, the jogging pace is in the 5-6 mph range, and anything between a 10-12-minute mile is considered a jogging pace. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, jogging will use over 6+ METs, meaning it can still burn several hundred calories per hour.