Recently, our friends over at Dose.com pointed out a study that basically says when it comes to your jogging routine… less is more!
The Copenhagen City Heart Study sampled data from healthy joggers and healthy non-joggers in an attempt to discover a link between jogging and how long we live. They sampled three categories of runners - light, moderate and strenuous.
First of all, healthy joggers outlived the healthy non-joggers. No surprise there. Well, what was surprising was that the light joggers typically outlived the strenuous ones. Just to be clear here. Those who were hardcore joggers did not live longer than those that never jogged at all! Yep, you read that correctly. So, break out the donuts. Ok, well maybe don't break out the donuts.
The study goes on to point out that the ideal amount of jogging is 1 to 2.4 miles at a steady pace, two to three times per week. In fact, Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak elaborates that we should get about 150 minutes of cardio a week and some resistance training. This can reduce your risk of early death by 20%.
So, what does it all mean? Jog, but take it slow. Don’t go crazy with your running. Jogging slowly will help you live longer, avoid pulled muscles and keep you active.
If you already run hard I know this pill is hard to swallow, but maybe try getting in a few more rest days between workouts.
And for those of you who don’t work out on the regular it seems like the best time to start your new jogging journey might be now - but just take it slow.