Light Jogging and life expectancy

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For a few decades  health specialists have focused on regular aerobic exercises  to keep our health in good shape. There are light joggers  as well as  strenuous joggers whose main aim  is to have a healthy heart, controlled body weight and overall good health that will have positive impact on their longevity.

A 2-year research by a Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark revealed strenuous joggers were as likely to die as sedentary non-joggers, while light joggers had the lowest rates of death.
The conclusion was drawn based on the detailed study of 1,098 healthy joggers and 413 healthy but sedentary non-joggers for 12 years. The study focused on hours of jogging, frequency  and the individual's perception of pace which  may differ from people to people.
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The final result was  that strenuous jogging is not as good as light jogging, considering the duration of exercise over a long period of time.

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 was no more than three times per week

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

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According to researcher Peter Schnohr, MD, DMSc, a researcher from the Copenhagen City Heart Study, Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, '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. Decades of high-level activities could cause health risks, and may affect the efficiency  the cardiovascular system.'

In this competitive environment, world over people are leading a stressful life and it is imperative on your part to set your goal on physical exercise. If your target is to to decrease the risk of heart problems and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a  moderate pace  is a good bet as too much of anything is harmful.

Journal Reference:

 Peter Schnohr, James H. O’Keefe, Jacob L. Marott, Peter Lange, Gorm B. Jensen. Dose of Jogging and Long-Term Mortality. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2015; 65 (5): 411 DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.11.023