According to Research, You Don’t Have to be the Fastest to be the Healthiest!


Exercising is good but over doing it will lead you just the same as a person who sits around doing nothing. A Danish study has reported a controversial topic regarding people who jog for longer hours as hazardous to the health.

We may be aware that there is a 30% less possibility for a person to die at an early age if a regular exercise is done properly. The question though still remains unanswered as to how much exercise is enough to obtain a healthy body.

As we recall the sudden death of the Athenian messenger Pheidippides after running a 26 mile marathon to shout the word “Nike” or “victory”. Researchers have thought that over working the heart caused by too much exertion while running may have damaged the heart all along.

“Long-term excessive exercise may be associated with coronary artery calcification, diastolic dysfunction and large artery wall stiffening,” was said by Dr. Peter Schnohr a study author of Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg Hospital.

“To our knowledge, there has been no study of the longevity of marathon, half-marathon or triathlon participants, but such studies would clearly be informative.”

Researchers say that on their findings based from the Copenhagen heart study, 1,098 fit joggers and 3,950 non joggers were monitored until after 12 years resulting a number of 28 joggers and 128 non joggers have died.

“Although joggers as a group appear to live longer than sedentary nonjoggers, light joggers and moderate joggers have lower mortality rates than sedentary nonjoggers.” authors wrote on their observation.

“ The  dose of running that was most favorable for reducing mortality was jogging 1 to 1.4 hours per week, with no more than three running days per week, at a slow or average pace, “ wrote the authors.  (Slow average pace as to 5 mph or 12 minute mile)

On the other hand, those who jog for longer hours more frequently in a week and ran faster than any nonjoggers could has a rate that “is not statistically different from that of the sedentary group, “authors wrote.

Researchers conclude that more studies should be facilitated to come up with the answer to this controversial issue. It was said that it is not of any intention to scare others to join any difficult exercise.






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