Yes, the name "wogging" is kind of goofy, and it has nothing to do with business or marketing or the internet. "Wogging" is what I call my new form of exercise—the cross between walking and jogging. I flirted with "jalking," but that didn't test well with our 22-year-old son who thought it was really stupid. Wogging was less stupid to him, so that's what I'm going with...for now.
I'm thinking there's an outside chance I could become the Phil Knight (Nike) of the wogging revolution, even though I've only been actively doing it now for about 10 days and to the best of my knowledge, it hasn't really caught on with anyone but me. Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations, but hope springs eternal. Besides, good fortune favors the bold...or the foolish...or in my case, both.
So how do you jump on this wogging bandwagon? To "wog" you start with a vigorous walking motion, and then add in the exact same kind of bent arm swinging that you do when you jog. Unlike normal jogging or running, the wogging motion doesn't involve actually elevating with each step. (BTW, at this point in my post you'll notice I'm no longer setting the word/term off with quotation marks because if you've read this far, then you've already subconsciously accepted this as a real activity...so thank you for that.) You have to resist the normal impulse to start running, and remember that wogging is like jogging but in slo-mo. Use the same arm/shoulder/hip movements and a similar stride as jogging, only you're more gliding and not bouncing up and down with every step.
The logical question: why? Well, there are several reasons that make perfectly good sense, at least to me. First, I've found that wogging almost eliminates the pounding on your ankles, knees, hips and back. Second, I've found wogging to be about 50% faster than a normal stroll and about that much more vigorous. My unofficial, completely unverified rule of thumb is that if you can easily walk two miles, you can wog one mile without too much trouble. Third, it really strengthens many of the same leg muscles as you do in jogging, but less painfully. (Trust me, after the first couple of times out, you'll feel it in your hammies.) And fourth, it's a good way to get exercise and go for longer distances.
Yes, you're going to feel self-conscious, probably a bit dorky when you're on the street and runners/joggers breeze by you. For cover and to seem a little less sad, I tend to wog with my dog. (OMG, maybe I should copyright that phrase right now...) Sammy is a willing co-participant but not necessarily fully compliant since he's not a linear walker. Any scent, sound or possible object to "mark" is an immediate distraction for him and requires a regular pull-back on his leash.
Wogging is not my only exercise since I am a lifelong tennis player and still play at a pretty competitive level. Not as much in the winter, of course, plus I spend a lot of time on my keester. So while I'm never in terrible shape, I'm rarely in really good shape because I lose my mojo doing regular workouts (you know, the kind that get results). So while I can play a two-and-a-half-hour tennis match, there's not a chance I could run a 10K race, and probably not a 5K. But as a wogger, who knows?
Wogging is kind of like playing basketball where you only shoot set shots instead of jumpers, play way below the rim, and there's no such thing as a fast break or defense. But you know what, it gets you out and moving, builds some muscle and stamina, and it's easier than running. And that's good enough for me!