Jogging is not only important for weight loss; it may also increase your life expectancy if you jog on a leisure basis. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), jogging with regards of mortality risk was shown to two to three times a week.
Being a moderate jogger myself, I always had the concept in my mind that running too much was not good for my heart and that pacing felt better. I now go jogging at least 3 times per week to lose weight and improve my health for the most part.
Researchers used data from the Copenhagen City Heart Study to observe the frequency in 1,098 healthy joggers and 3,950 healthy non-joggers to evaluate the relationship between jogging and long-term, all-cause mortality. Follow-up of all individuals began from their first examination in 2001 until 2013, or death.
The results of the study showed that jogging from 1 to 2 and a half hours per week was associated with the lowest mortality while greater quantities of jogging were not significantly different from remaining sedentary in terms of mortality risk (JACC 2015). This is great news for me and anyone else who goes jogging for at least 30 minutes a day, three times per week. I feel better now because I understand that I don’t have to run marathons to improve my health drastically to live longer.
Furthermore, researchers discovered a U-shaped relationship between jogging and mortality. Researchers reported 28 deaths among joggers and 128 for sedentary non-joggers, though no causes were recorded.
The authors concluded that “the U-shaped relationship suggests the existence of an upper limit for exercise dosing that is optimal for health benefits…if the goal is to decrease the risk of death and improve life expectancy, going for a leisurely jog a few times per week at a moderate pace is a good strategy.”
It’s safe to say running too much or having a sedentary lifestyle have the same minimal effects on health when compared to moderate jogging. To say the least, light jogging is not only essential to weight loss, but a key factor in improving your health to live longer.
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Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) “Study Shows Leisure Jogging Associated with Lowest Mortality Risk” 2 February 2015