10-Feb-15 9:45 AM  CST

Slow Runners May Stand to Outpace Everyone

It has long been proven that running is good for your health, and if you are trying to lose that extra weight you gained over the holidays running can help with that too. For years studies have proven that people who walk briskly live longer than those who tend to take more of a leisurely stroll, so it stands to reason that the longer and more intense you run the greater improvement in your health. While most physicians and healthcare professionals will agree that some intense exercise is good for the body intense exercise every time you exercise may do more harm than good. However, a recent study conducted at the University of Copenhagen may very well prove this point.

A recent study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that those who considered themselves to be joggers, a slow or moderate run, lived longer than lose who where nonjoggers, but also longer than those who participated in intensive exercise on a regular basis. The Danish study followed 5,000 individual from various age groups and exercise life styles over a period of 12 years. What the study found was those that participated in a mild and sometime moderately intense jog lived longer than those who participated in a stressful and intensive jog. In fact the study showed that those who exercised intensively on a regular basis did not live any longer than those who where primarily sedentary. Of the 5,000 followed 28 of those who jogged at a slow or moderate pace had died after the 12 year study compared to 128 of non-joggers, which included those with a sedentary lifestyle and intensive exercise.

What researchers believe is that the constant over exertion places undue stress upon the heart. While there sometimes seems to be varying opinions about the right amount and intensity of exercise researchers and health professionals remind us all that exercise 2-3 times a week will increase our perspective of health, and now it seems, at least for the time being, that mild is better than strenuous.




Ostrow,N. (2015) “Your hardcore run may be as dangerous as sitting around doing nothing”, Bloomberg News, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-02/light-joggers-can-outlast-the-ironmen-over-long-term, retreived, 7. February

Walton, A. (2015) “Why jogging may be better for your health than running”, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/03/why-jogging-may-be-better-for-your-health-than-running/, retrieved, 7.February 2015


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Source: Sandy Andrews  

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