Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Light Jogging and its impact on longevity!!

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 As we  all know that jogging is a form of aerobic endurance training, involving mainly  trotting or running at a slow or leisurely pace. The main purpose is to increase the palpitation of heart, physical  endurance and fitness with less stress on the body than from faster running. One has  to maintain a steady speed for longer periods of time to improve their endurance. Stretching exercise is a necessity before and after jogging. Living in a stressed urban and semi urban areas of congested cities, driving or traveling long distance through  crowded highways, almost daily working people face fatigue and exertion,  not to speak of tiresome mundane office work. So, making it a regular habit to go jogging is a good bet to relieve stress; besides jogging has a lot of  other health benefits as well.
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Aerobic exercises  are  essential  for a  healthy  heart, controlled  body  weight  and  overall good health that will have positive impact  on  longevity.  Millions of people across the world have made jogging a regular part of their lives and among them there  are slow / light joggers  as well as strenuous joggers. A 2-year research study by a Copenhagen hospital team, Denmark revealed strenuous joggers were as likely to die as sedentary non-joggers, while light joggers had the lowest rates of death.

The  scientific conclusion was  based on a detailed study of  healthy joggers and healthy but sedentary non-joggers  for sometime. The study focused on hours  of  jogging, frequency, and the individual's perception of pace. As it is known, individuals' pace may vary from person to person.
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It is concluded that the mortality rates were low in the case of slow and moderate  joggers - Jogging from 1 to 2.4 hours per week with  the optimal frequency of jogging. In this case it was no more than three times per week.

Early studies have found that more than moderate exercise may cause more harm than good.


Peter Schnohr, MD, DMSc, a researcher from, Copenhagen, Denmark concluded  that while jogging, pace of joggers is very important as the pace of the slow joggers  corresponds  to vigorous exercise and strenuous jogging corresponds  to very vigorous exercise. However,  'decades of high-level activities could cause health risks, and may affect the efficiency of the cardiovascular system.'

World over  people  are  leading  a  stressful life and if your target is  to  decrease the risk of heart problems and improve  your life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a  moderate pace is a good bet as too much of anything is harmful. Besides, watch out your dietary habits.

Journal Reference:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150202160703.html