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Study: Too Much Jogging is Bad; Light Jogging is Best for Longer Life


(Photo : Reuters) A man jogs at a park near the Imperial Palace as snow falls in Tokyo.

Researchers have found out that too much exercise, specifically jogging, could actually be bad for you.

Researchers from the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark said those who frequently do light jogging are less likely to die faster as opposed to sedentary non-joggers but they're also less likely to die first compared to those who strenuously jog.

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Lead researcher Jacob Marott and his team analyzed some 1,100 healthy joggers and 413 sedentary non-joggers. They gathered data over the span of 12 years while joggers noted their number of hours and frequency of their jogging routines.

The findings suggest those who do strenuous jogging, faster than seven miles per hour for more than 2.4 hours a week and more than three times a week can be considered as placing their health at serious risk. This is surprisingly comparable to sitting around doing nothing, said researchers.

Researchers now believe light to moderate jogging is the best key to optimum health. The study recommends that to reduce the mortality rate, one has to jog 2.4 hours a week no more than three days a week. The best pace is apparently five miles per hour.

It still sounds ironic that too much exercise can be actually be bad for one's health but Marott believes long-term endurance exercises can induce pathological restructuring of the heart that can lead to large arteries.

This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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