Strenuous jogging may do more harm than good
According to a new study done in Denmark, the best way to increase your life expectancy is to be moderately active, as opposed to engaging in fast-paced, intense activity or not being active at all.
Researchers analyzed 5,048 people from a Copenhagen City Heart Study--1,098 were joggers and 3,950 were sedentary. Researchers then followed up with the participants over 12 years, by tracking how much they jogged, how long they jogged, and the pace of their jogging. They found that there were 28 deaths among joggers and 128 among non-joggers. Most striking, was that the highest mortality rates were found in sedentary people and fast-paced joggers, while people who jogged lightly at a slow to moderate pace one to two and a half hours per week had the lowest rate of mortality.
The study reinforces the belief that keeping an exercise routine that is not overly intense is important to well-being and longevity of life. The researchers did note that strenuous jogging in this case involved "very vigorous exercise," practiced over an extended period of time.