A new study out of Denmark shows that jogging regularly can add approximately six years to your life.
Regular Jogging Increases Longevity by up to 6 years
Peter Schnohr, the chief cardiologist in charge of the study said “The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health” in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. “We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is, you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits”, he continued.
The study compared the death rates of joggers vs. non-joggers, who participated in a long-term population study, which began back in 1976. The researchers followed the participants tracking their routine, schedule, intensity, and duration. In the 35 years since the inception of the study, over 10,000 non-joggers died vs. a little of 100 joggers. A jogger’s risk of death fell by 44 percent. Male joggers lived a little over six years longer, and women a little less than six. The best results were seen in those who jogged at a slow pace for one to two hours a week.
Moderate Jogging is Best
This is what we recommend in our intermediate walking program. According to Dr. Schnohr, “you should aim to feel a little breathless, but not very breathless”. Interestingly, moderate jogging saw the biggest benefit in lower mortality, more than non-exercising and intense exercise.
Jogging Helps a Number of Bodily Functions.
It increases oxygen uptake and increase metabolism. It increases insulin sensitivity, which helps you burn sugar more efficiently. It improves cholesterol, heart function, and cardiovascular function. Moderate jogging put just enough stress on the bones to help increase body density, but not too much to cause damage.