A new study finds that regular jogging can dramatically increase your life expectancy. Here’s the scoop.
What: The Copenhagen City Heart study, which started in 1976 followed 20,000 men and women aged between 20 to 93 years. The study set out to increase knowledge about prevention of cardiovascular diseases where the investigators explored the associations for longevity with different forms of exercise and other factors. For the jogging sub study, the mortality of 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers was compared to the non joggers in the main study population. All participants were asked to answer questions about the amount of time they spent jogging each week, and to rate their own perceptions of pace (defined as slow, average, and fast).
Results: The study found that taking up regular jogging increases the life expectancy of men by 6.2 years and women by 5.6 years, in just 1 hour to 2.5 hours a week. According to the chief cardiologist of the Copenhagen City Heart Study Peter Schnohr, ”The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health, we can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.”
So What: In our opinion you don’t necessarily have to go jogging to reap the benefits shown in the study. We think the point is this that inactivity is bad and regular activity is good, not that jogging is a veritable fountain of youth, although in this study that is the claim. Humans were made to move, so move we must. It doesn’t matter that you can’t get into the gym or go out for a run, just a little helps, even standing for 20 minutes is good enough, the rest is gravy. So if you enjoy jogging, great, if you’re more of a gym rat, that’s great too, just another large study that shows that moving more and getting your heart rate up is one of the best things you can do for your health.
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