I’m a person who’s been jogging for many years and through that time I moved quite a lot, from the countryside to big cities. And after every move from one place to another, there was an issue in finding the right place where to jog near me.
The truth is that in 99% percent of cases there is a perfect spot near our home area. The best option is to go on a google map and turn on the satellite view, that way you will see nearby parks, hidden roads, and green fields for your jogging routine.
There is a low chance for you to find an article about jog places near your exact place of living because that would be impossible to make an article about it. So you have to find it yourself! and the best way for that is a google map, there are many options like “satellite view” that will help you find your best place.
We highly recommend you to avoid crowded places like city centers, or sidewalks, pollution over there can be so high that your jogging will give you bad than good results. Try to spot anything green around you, even if it’s a forest there can be many paths made by people, and those should be great for your jogging routine.
What should guide me in making my choice, where to jog near me?
There are a few factors that can help you to find the best place to jog near your house:
- Air pollution
- How crowded is that place
- Is the surface flat enough
- What are the views
- Is that near me enough
- Can I jog there with a friend
Pick what’s your biggest factor and be guided by that. Also if you have a friend to jog with, you should think about him or her as well if that place isn’t too far away from his or her house.
Places near village
When your place of living is similar to a village or the countryside, there won’t be any parks or even simple infrastructure to jog. There is a possibility that you don’t even have sidewalks, so your best place to do your jogging routine will be to look at the surroundings, like roads that connect fields, they won’t be any heavy traffic, and almost 0 pollutions in the air, you will be breathing fresh air. There are cons to that, unfortunately, like the uneven surface could be the worst what you can find. The chance of an injury can drastically increase, but there should be a lot of that kind of road nearby so try to find the best one.
You can also try to go into the forest, I’m sure there are many paths created by people, those should be good for your jogging routine as well. The air will be even better than that one from dirt roads.
You will need to learn how to jog on an uneven surface, but that can be beneficial for your training, try slowly and get the most out of that fresh air, that you can’t get inside any modern city.
Places near or inside cities
When your place of living is a city there is a high chance for you to find an infrastructure near your house. Flat surface, and zero road traffic, but it’s gonna be crowded for sure. I’ve used something like that a couple of times and in the mid-hours that was a nightmare because of how crowded it was, but you can also find the nearest park, the surface won’t be that flat but the air won’t be that polluted.
Your other option will be to find any green spot around your home, and check what is there… maybe some paths created by people, or even a forest. If you think that there are no green spaces around your place of living you will be in a mistake, I tough it myself until I finally reached out to google maps and found that cities are not fully covered by buildings and roads. So check it out for your place.
What places should I avoid?
You should avoid anything with high air pollution, that won’t give you any benefits if you jog in a smoggy area. Almost every sidewalk will have a high air pollution level, avoid that as much as you can. You can check what’s average air pollution in that place that you found, and want to try… just check out if it’s worth it on airly.org there is a map with air pollution sensors.
How to make that place better?
Try to jog with a friend! I’ve jog myself for almost a year until my friend asked me to join him. The place was new to me, and I could easily say that was way worse than mine, but when you can talk and run together the views won’t matter that much. Also, you both will have to standardize the pace, to jog at the same speed, that also is hard training, but after a couple of times, you will get used to it.
You have to know that jogging is generally considered to 9 mph, and we also have an article about it, if you want to know more about the “difference between jogging and running”. We highly recommend you that.
In conclusion, where to jog near me?
Your first bet is to check out for yourself on google maps, then check if the air pollution is on a low level with airly, that way you will have a list of a few places to check out. So take a walk to that place to see for yourself if the surface is good enough and what is your opinion about that place, like the views or how crowded is that place.
Remember that jogging is a great thing to do with your friend, because the intensity is considered low, so if you can jog together the place won’t matter that much. Consult your place with a friend if that place is ok for both of you.