J is for Jogging

| April 23, 2014

The etymology of the word jog is unknown, but it may be related to shog or be a new invention in the 16th century.[citation needed] In 1593 William Shakespeare wrote in Taming of the Shrew, “you may be jogging whiles your boots are green”. At that point, it usually meant to leave.[3] The term jog was often used in English and North American literature to describe short quick movements, either intentional or unintentional.[citation needed] It is also used to describe a quick, sharp shake or jar.[citation needed] Richard Jefferies, an English naturalist, wrote of “joggers”, describing them as quickly moving people who brushed others aside as they passed.[4] The term jog originated in England in the mid-16th century.[5] This usage became common throughout the British Empire, and in his 1884 novel My Run Home the Australian author Rolf Boldrewood wrote “your bedroom curtains were still drawn as I passed on my morning jog”.

Jogging has only become a common place activity within the last 40 years or so, and today if it’s nice out especially in someplace like central park you will literally see people jogging everywhere. I myself am an occasional jogger and I have found that at least when doing it outside (as opposed to inside on a treadmill for instance) that I very often have an aesthetic experience when engaged in jogging when I otherwise probably wouldn’t. I going to assume it has something to do with the endorphins that get released in your brain which happens whenever you do some kind of physical activity. But I guess that combined with lets say running through a nice park or beside a river – as these are typical jogging venues – in some way conjures what can be quite a powerful experience.