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Jogging Boosts Longevity

Monday, 07 May 2012 11:39 AM

For the first time, sports scientists have calculated the number of years regular jogging can add to life expectancy -- 6.2 years for men and 5.6 years for women.
Researchers who headed up the Copenhagen City Heart study, presented at a recent meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, found as little as 60 to 150 minutes of jogging per week at a "slow or average" pace delivers optimum benefits for longevity.
"The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health," said lead researcher Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. "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."
The Copenhagen City Heart study is a long-running research project that has been tracking the heart of health of about 20,000 men and women -- aged between 20 to 93 years -- since 1976. The study has resulted in publication of over 750 research papers on heart failure, pulmonary diseases, allergy, epilepsy, dementia, sleep-apnea and genetics.
The investigators have also explored the associations for longevity with different forms of exercise and other factors.
For the new research, scientists compared the death rates of 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers with non-joggers. Participants were asked about the amount of time they spent jogging each week, and their pace running. "
Researchers’ analyses showed that risk of death was reduced by 44 percent for male joggers and 44 percent for female joggers – calculations that suggest jogging adds 6.2 years of life expectance to men and 5.6 years to women.
The ideal jogging pace for longevity? "You should aim to feel a little breathless, but not very breathless," Schnohr said.
Jogging improves oxygen uptake, increases insulin sensitivity, raising “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides; reduces blood pressure, the risk of blood clots and weight gain; and improves heart function, bone density, immune function, and psychological function.

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Jogging just 60 to 150 minutes a week can add 5 to 6 years to your life, a new study suggests.
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