Thursday, 14 May 2015

Short, Easy Not Strenuous Jogging Gives Biggest Survival Gain: Analysis

A study from Denmark suggest that a little jogging done at a very easy pace can go a long way toward increasing longevity. Results also cited that there is a limit to the benefit and that too much running done more frequently for a longer period or at a greater intensity was not associated with any additional mortality benefits compared with sedentary non-runners.

The study was conducted by Dr. Peter Schonhr at (Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark) and colleagues and is available in February 2, 2015 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. According to Dr. Schonhr “The U-shaped association suggests the existence of an upper limit for exercise dosing that is optimal for health benefits”

The researchers added that accumulating data show that ideal activity patterns for promoting long-term cardiovascular health and increasing life expectancy might differ from the high-intensity, high-volume endurance training programs needed to develop peak performance and maximal cardiorespiratory fitness.

Dr. Schonhr and colleagues findings are based on data from 1098 healthy joggers and 3950 healthy non-joggers in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Within the study group, 9% were 50 years of age or older. Overall, there were 28 deaths among joggers and 128 deaths among the sedentary participants.

Sherldine Tomlinson.