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Among physical activities to improve overall health and prevent the onset of cardiovascular problems as one ages and goes past mid age Jogging or running is, no doubt, a popular form of physical activity. The advantage is it neither costs big investment nor does it require exercising gadgets like tread mill etc that will cost a bundle.; further, you can run at any time either in the morning or in the evening as you wish. Yet another inherent benefit is when you jog in a serene, green natural environment, say in a park or jogging track far removed from the madding crowd and urban chaos, it is quite appealing to your mind and soul. It is said one in five Australians chooses jogging or slow running at some stage of his life to get health benefits.
As we are aware that both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise, meaning any intense physical activity produces energy in our body by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat. The difference between running and jogging is the former requires more energy level as the heart, lungs and muscles are put to maximum use, unlike jogging that does not demand high energy level. Both are beneficial to cardio-vascular functioning and reduces the heart rate/ minute at rest. A man who has been a jogger or runner for a long time will have low heart rate, say 50 beats/per minute that will do the work of 72 to 80 beats/minute. Joggers and runners should take precaution that it is likely after crossing middle age, they may be prone to arthritis problem owing to wear and tear of knee joints weakening ligaments. This problem does not arise if you do aerobic exercise in moderation.
Today I ran into a news item in the local news paper about the benefits of jogging/running. There are innumerable articles on the benefits of jogging on health and strengthening of heart muscles. This research report is based on scientific medical research, so the credibility factor does not arise in this case.
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01.Running was positively associated with a 30% lower risk of death from heart problems.
02. The study also reported 23% of lower risk of death from the most dreaded disease - cancer.
03. Even small bits of aerobic exercise, say once weekly lasing 50 minutes or less each time at a normal speed of 8 km /hr had a significant impact on the health and longevity benefits.
The results of this long-drawn research were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The in-depth analysis focused on the association between running or jogging and the risk of death from heart problems, cancer, etc.
The corollary to this research studies is '' any amount of physical exercise such as jogging or running will significantly lower the risk of premature death. Aerobic exercises have good longevity benefits.
Ref; ''Jogging reduces the risk of early death'', The New Indian Express (Tiruchi Edition), dated 06 Nov. 2019. E.mail: