Add 6 Years To Your Life by Jogging

Time. I haven’t met anyone who would like some more time. Even if we could get some of AT&T’s rollover minutes to apply to more of life than just our mobile minutes … we want more time.

Well…a study spanning 35 years found a way to add 6 years to your life by jogging.

How’d you like that kind of time?

Dr. Peter Schnohr recently presented the latest findings from the Copenhagen City Heart study. The latest data links regular jogging to increases in life expectancy of 6.2 years for men and 5.6 years for women.

But don’t sign up for that marathon, yet. The study identified a u-shape curve representing the relationship between the amount of exercise and mortality. Doing nothing is bad and doing too much is also bad.

Over the 35 year study they found that the optimum benefits occurred with exercise durations between one hour and two and a half hours a week split between two or three sessions.

“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,” said Schnohr.The ideal pace can be achieved by striving to feel a little breathless. “You should aim to feel a little breathless, but not very breathless,” he advised.

So if you want more time, get off the couch and jog. Add some moderate exercise regularly to your life and you could be adding 6 years to your life.


Troy Pesola

Process, technology, and innovation geek that loves staying in shape for all life has to offer. Life long cube dweller and master wellness business mentor as well as a husband, and now father of college-age kids who lives and explores the Colorado Rockies.

One thought on “Add 6 Years To Your Life by Jogging

  • June 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Everything in moderation. Jogging is an amazing way to get healthier but as with everything in life you need to strike the right balance for your body in order to achieve the greatest benefit.Kurtis  


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