A new study by Danish researchers suggests that people who are jogging regularly live longer. The findings show that men who regularly jog live 6.2 years longer, and women who regularly jog live 5.6 years longer compared to those who do not.
In the view of the researchers, regular jogging helps increase longevity. Jogging at a slow pace for 1 – 2.5 hours weekly delivers the greatest benefit, explained cardiologist and researcher Peter Schnohr. This means that you do not need to try too hard to reap the benefits.
As part of the new study, the research team examined the mortality rates of 762 female joggers and 1,116 male joggers, comparing the figures with the mortality rates of non-joggers. The results show that over a period of 35 years, there are only 122 deaths in the group of the joggers and 10,158 deaths in that of the non-joggers. The researchers also found that people who jogged between 1 and 2.5 hours were likely to live longer than those who jogged less than 1 hour. In fact, mortality is lower among joggers who report moderate jogging compared to people undertaking extreme levels of exercise and the non-joggers.
Moreover, there are many benefits associated with jogging and moderate exercise. In addition to the health benefits running and jogging imparts, there are psychological benefits as well. These include the character and confidence jogging builds, the attitude boost, and the stress relief. Running and jogging allow runners to clear obstacles and climb hills. It gives a feeling of empowerment and freedom, knowing that one’s legs and body are capable and strong. Jogging helps relieve stress and improves attitude. What is more, joggers experience less fatigue, less tension, less confusion, and less depression after beginning a regular running program. This allows them to see other things besides their addiction or depressed state.