Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

Don’t overdo the jogging

At last! As we sit here in our cosy rooms thinking that despite the freezing weather we really do need to get outside and do some exercise, there is some good news!

Too much jogging may be bad for us.

A recent study by researchers at the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen has come up with the conclusion that too much jogging is as bad as not doing any running at all.

It seems that people who jog at a steady pace for less than two and a half hours a week are less likely to die that those who either run more than four hours a week or do no exercise at all.

The results were taken from more than 1,000 healthy joggers and non-joggers over a 12 year period, and from all the statistics the scientists worked out that people who jogged often, especially those who jogged more than three times a week and at a pace of 7mph or more, were as likely to die as those who did no exercise.

Full details of the research have been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which reports that the Danish team found that the ideal pace to jog was around 5mpg (8km/h) and it was best to jog for no more than three times a week for around just under an hour each time, or a total of 2.5 hours each week.

Interestingly one of the lead researchers at the hospital, Jacob Louis Marott, said that you don’t really have to do that much exercise to have a good impact on your health.

“No exercise recommendations across the globe mention an upper limit for safe exercise, but perhaps there is one,” he said.

A fellow researcher at the Frederiksberg Hospital, Peter Schnohr, MD, DMSc, agreed there may be an upper limit for exercising that is optimal for health benefits.

“If your goal is to decrease risk of death and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a moderate pace is a good strategy. Anything more in not just unnecessary, but it may be harmful,” he said.

But it is important not to forget that while long term strenuous endurance exercise may not be totally beneficial, certainly regular exercise is absolutely essential to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Back to LaterLife Interest Index


Bookmark This Share on Facebook Receive more like this

Latest Articles:

Health food of the month - Mascarpone

mascarpone

Mascarpone is an Italian cheese made with the addition of certain acidic substances including lemon juice or vinegar. It is thought to originate from an area southwest of Milan over 300 years ago.

AXA Health: Top 10 exercises for a healthy back

family walking

Modern life doesn't lend itself to having a healthy back. Long hours sitting all day at a desk or on the road can take its toll. Add to this a whole host of other sedentary behaviours like TV viewing, sitting at a computer, and game console use – and it's no wonder that our bodies start feeling the strain.

Give your feet some TLC!

happy feet

Feet are often underestimated yet they are just so important. These tiny platforms at the bottom of our legs carry our whole weight as we stand or move along.

New understanding on how cancer starts

lab tests

The latest news is from researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute  who say for the first time ever, scientists have manage to work out the number of mutations needed for cancers to develop.

Back to LaterLife Health Section

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site

Bookmark


Advertise on laterlife.com



LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti