Over the years, news of a few runners dying while out on their regular run has put into question the health benefits and the possible
In fact, the researchers found that jogging is better for health than more extreme workouts. The research, which was part of the Copenhagen City Heart study, involved 20,000 men and women with ages that ranged between 20 and 93. dangers of this cardiovascular activity. These deaths gave birth to the notion, among the public, that running or even simple jogging may be too physically strenuous especially for those who are middle aged. But a recently concluded, large-scale, cardiovascular study reveals that jogging can actually increase a person’s life expectancy.
The research findings indicate that men who jogged for one or two hours each week at a slow or average pace can have life expectancy increase of 6.2 years; women who jogged at the same pace and frequency can enjoy a life expectancy increase of 5.6 years. This increase in life expectancy translates to a 44 percent reduction in the risk of death.
These results provide evidence that jogging is beneficial to overall health; the activity helps lower blood pressure, improve oxygen uptake, improve physiological and cardiac functions, and prevent obesity, just to name a few.
“The improved psychological well-being may be down to the fact that people have more social interactions when they’re out jogging,” says Dr. Peter Schnohr of the Bispebjerg University Hospital.
The relationship between longevity and different types of exercise combined with a variety of factors was also explored by the Copenhagen City Heart study, which has been the basis of more than 750 research papers.