Published on May 5th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Jogging May Extend Lifespan By Six Years, Study Shows
The good news is that a cheap and easy form of exercise can help you live more than half a decade longer, but the bad news is that is there anything more boring than jogging?
It’s long been known that exercise is an important component of longevity, and that sitting kills. But a new study examines the actual impact of a jogging routine on lifespan in specific numbers, and the findings are enough to make anyone want to pick up a new pair of Asics and get running.
The research was culled from the Copenhagen City Heart Study in Denmark, and included more than 20,000 participants spanning aged 20 to 93. Beginning way back in 1976, researchers compared 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers with a number of non-joggers in the pool of subjects.
What the study found ultimately is that jogging could ostensibly add 6.2 years to the lifespan of a male, and 5.6 years to the lifespan of a female. CBS explains:
“The study found 10,158 deaths among the non-joggers enrolled in the City Heart Study and 122 deaths among the joggers. Further analysis showed male and female joggers were 44 percent less likely to die from any cause compared to their counterparts, in addition to the increases in life span the study found.”
What’s more, jogging for just an hour to an hour-and-a-half, cumulatively over the course of a week, was shown to confer the benefits.