Until recently unknown outside of Japan, now gaining more and popularity worldwide, SLOW JOGGING is an exercise method elaborated by Prof. Hiroaki Tanaka (Fukuoka University, Japan). The term “slow jogging” was chosen for emphasis, that even though we are talking about a sport traditionally associated with moving fast, slow can be a perfectly good way to do it. It is a an efficient, healthier, and pain-free approach to running for all ages and lifestyles.

The key is what we call niko niko pace. In Japanese, niko niko means “smile”. Unlike traditional training, that requires concentration and effort, slow jogging is more like taking a walk, at the intensity light enough to enjoy conversation or, if by yourself, to just smile. For most beginners it means jogging at a walking pace.

But slow jogging is not just about the pace – it’s also an injury-free running technique, allowing safe beginning and efficient progress. It’s the natural and gentle forefoot landing and small steps at high cadency. Watch our video to see how it’s done in practice!

For more check out our very first book in English:
“Slow Jogging: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Have Fun with Science-Based, Natural Running” 🙂
Available in bookstores and on Amazon!

Natural Running Center:
Slow Jogging: “Run with smile, midfoot strike”
“Slow Jogging” to better health with no pain

Wear Tested:
Natural running with slow jogging to lose weight and stay healthy

Champions Everywhere:
Niko niko pace – the gentle path to success

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