Exercisers Live Longer
A decades-spanning study in the May 2012 European Journal of Cardiology shows what many of you already suspected. Moderate exercise, in this case slow jogging 1 to 2 1/2 hours per week, provided a big boost in life expectancy. Women lived a whopping 5.6 year longer and men lived an even more amazing 5.6 years more!
For the sake of perspective, modern medicine believes a major medical accomplishment has been reached when any drug or surgical treatment increases life expectancy by relatively anemic 1 to 2 years. And this is without regard to increased quality of life!
Exercise isn't just good for you. It helps make you feel good too. In addition to the benefits reported in the article below, exercise is well known to improve mood in general as well as to significantly reduce and prevent depression. In fact, some studies show that exercise at the intensity and duration reported in this studies is MORE effective than some anti-depressant medications, such as Prozac.
Read the article and enjoy! Should you be suffering from mood problems or joint pains (arthritis or injuries), make an appointment with me to get these problems solved once and for all so you can get out there, enjoying life to the fullest!
Joggers Live Longer, Study Says
Slow pace best for longevity, researchers report
THURSDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Jogging regularly could add about six years to your life, a new Danish study suggests.
"The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health," Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the long-term Copenhagen City Heart Study, said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology. "We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don't actually need to do that much to reap the benefits."
In conducting the study, the researchers compared the mortality of joggers and non-joggers who took part in the population study of 20,000 people aged 20 to 93 that began in 1976. In making their comparison, they asked 1,116 male joggers and 762 women joggers about their jogging routine, including how fast and how long they jogged weekly.
"With participants having such a wide age span we felt that a subjective scale of intensity was the most appropriate approach," explained Schnohr, who is based at Bispebjerg University Hospital, in Copenhagen. In the follow-up period of up to 35 years, the study found that 10,158 non-joggers and 122 joggers died. The researchers noted this was a 44 percent drop in the risk of death for male and female joggers. The researchers found that male joggers can extend their life by 6.2 years, and women by 5.6 years. Jogging at a slow pace for one to two and a half hours weekly provided the most significant benefits. "You should aim to feel a little breathless, but not very breathless," said Schnohr. "The relationship appears much like alcohol intakes. Mortality is lower in people reporting moderate jogging, than in non-joggers or those undertaking extreme levels of exercise."
The study's authors noted there are several health benefits of jogging that contribute to increased life expectancy, including improvements in:
- Oxygen uptake
- Insulin sensitivity
- Lipid profiles (raising "good" HDL cholesterol and lowering triglycerides)
- Heart function
- Bone density
- Immune function
- Psychological function
The improved psychological well-being may be due to the fact that people have more social interactions when they're out jogging, explained Schnohr.
The researchers added that jogging also helps lower blood pressure, reduce platelet aggregation and prevent obesity.
The study was slated for presentation Thursday at a meeting of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, called EuroPRevent2012, in Dublin.
Data and conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on the health benefits of exercise. -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, May 3, 2012
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