Want to live longer? Jog a bit!

Reading through my Danish morning paper ” Berlingske Tidende”  equipped with a nice cuppa tea – I fell over an article called ” Few Hours Jogging Prolong Your Life Drastically”  – notice the word “Few“, really?

Yes, apparently according to the Danish study it is quite significant. It does not have to be hard and long runs before it makes a significant difference! This is the conclusion of an extended research project “Copenhagen City Heart Study” – started in 1976! The part of the study that involved jogging and it’s effect included 1.116 men and 762 women. The research showed that for joggers the risk of dying was reduced by  44% for both women and men! This reduction happened, even if they did not exercise every day. Between 1 to 2.5 hrs of jogging spread over 2 to 3 days every week gives optimal effect! The conclusion was that we can prolong our life span by 6.2 years for men, and 5.6 years for women – just by going jogging a few hours regularly – every week.

This is great news says Dr. Med Peter Schnohr  -  You do not have to do very much in order to achieve the benefits. The death rate is lower in people who are moderate joggers, than in people who never jog and the people who jog to extremes.

The effect on allergy, epilepsy, amnesia and other illnesses was also measured in the study – that in all followed 20,000 people between the ages of 2o and 93. The study has not yet been publicized but preliminary results were released at the heart conference “EuroPRevent 2012″ last week. Dr. Med. Peter Schnohr proclaimed that the research has proven that regular jogging definitely prolongs life.

I am thrilled – I love my life most of the time, and hey, if I can prolong my life with 5.6 years from just jogging 1 – 2 1/2 hours every week, I will make sure I tie my shoe laces and get out there  -  cause that is pretty durable!!

So I’m off then – hope to see you out there!

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10 thoughts on “Want to live longer? Jog a bit!

  1. jogging is great exercise. i began distance running when i retired from my full-time day job. I try to get at least 1 hour per day of cardio work. keep at it. thank you for the great advice.

  2. I think just basically having a low body weight keeps you alive forever. A lot of famous long distance runners died pretty young, and that scared me a little. Bodybuilders usually last pretty long, Jack Lalanne, etc etc. Nice Post! (By long distance I mean marathon+)

    • You got me thinking – when you say that a lot of famous long distance runners die young.
      My philosophy and what I teach is – listening to the body. It’s key in my book.
      When we do marathons, run in groups and compete, the danger is that we neglect to listen to the body and the signals it is giving us.
      This is when sport can become unhealthy. Also we miss the fun.
      Thank you for visiting!

  3. You’re so fit — GorgeouS!!!
    it’s amazing!! Additional 5.6 years By just jogging 2 1/2 hour every week– —
    cOOL — it’s effortless way to prolong life.
    This one I will definitely do once
    I’m out for vacation :-))

    • Yes, that “monkey mind”! But it becomes more and more quite as time goes by or it is easier to win the arguments and shot it up :-)
      I have come to love jogging – it is my personal treat. I love the time I spend outside. I hope to see you out there on the road :-)

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