Jogging is easy to do (at least in theory), and millions of
people make it a daily or near-daily part of their exercise
routine. In the past
several decades, the number of jogging races and sheer numbers
of joggers have increased dramatically, prompting this study
on the potential long-term benefits of the popular activity.
Published in the British Medical Journal, the study
utilized data drawn from the Copenhagen City Heart Study on
cardiovascular disease. Nearly five thousand men with no prior
history of heart problems attended two examinations five years
apart, at which time they were asked whether or not they jogged
At the initial examination, 4.7% of the men said they jogged
on a regular basis; 2.1% were still actively jogging five
years later. In the five years between examinations, 2.3%
of the study group started jogging. Men who reported jogging
at both examinations had a substantially lower risk of death
by any cause compared with men who reported jogging at neither
or at only one examination.
So lace up those shoes and begin the journey toward longevity
today! A wealth of evidence supports the role of exercise
in maintaining health and wellness. Make sure you and your
loved ones participate in consistent, moderate exercise as
part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. And to learn more about
the value of exercise, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/sports.html
Schnohr P, Parner J, Lange P. Mortality in joggers: population-based
study of 4,658 men. British Medical Journal, Sept.
9, 2000: Vol. 321, pp602-603.