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Recreational running for health and/or fun. Initially a warming-up exercise, jogging became part of standard routines of training and preparation from the later 19th century, and in the later 1970s became increasingly popular as a sporting activity in its own right, linked to both enhanced sensitivity towards health issues such as excess weight, and the perceived benefits of exercise and fitness in the sculpturing of the physical self. The guru of jogging was James F. Fixx, and the endurance of jogging in the public spaces of communities and neighbourhoods testifies to his long-term legacy, proving patronizing commentators on the allegedly faddish nature of the jogging boom to be seriously out of touch with a major trend in participatory sporting culture.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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