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Want To Live Longer? Start Jogging, Study Says

05/04/12

  10:06:33 am, by MedBen5   , 171 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Want To Live Longer? Start Jogging, Study Says

Jogging regularly can improve your life expectancy, a new long-term study suggests.

According to HealthDay, Danish researchers compared the mortality of joggers and non-joggers who took part in the population study of 20,000 people aged 20 to 93 that began in 1976. Included in that group were 1,878 joggers, who were asked about how fast and how often they jogged.

In the ensuing 35 years, 10,158 non-joggers died, compared to 122 joggers – a 44% drop in the risk of death for joggers. Male joggers extended their life by 6.2 years, and women by 5.6 years.

“We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity,” Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. “The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.”

The researchers determined that simply jogging at a slow pace for one to two and a half hours weekly provided the most significant benefits. “You should aim to feel a little breathless, but not very breathless,” said Schnohr.

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