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Jogging can add years to your life

jogging-can-help-you-live-longerJogging; every knows someone who is completely hooked, getting up at ridiculous hours to get their pavement-pounding fix. And while the rest of us may cringe at the idea of getting that red and sweaty in public (we usually prefer a discreet 10 mins on the treadmill, thanks), it’s them who’ll have the last laugh.

Researchers in Denmark have found that the secret to enjoying a long life is donning your running shoes regularly. Cardiologists at The Copenhagen City Heart Study say that one and two-and-a half hours of jogging a week at a ‘slow or average pace’ ( just so you are a bit out of breathe) can increase ladies longevity by 5.6 years, and men’s by 6.

Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist on the heart study project, said: ‘We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. ’The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.’

Broken down, if you aim for the full two-and-a-half hours a week, that’s only 30 minutes of gentle jogging Monday to Friday. No sweat.

The added beauty of jogging is of course that you don’t need to spend money on expensive gym memberships to reap the benefits – you can literally do it anywhere. Even if you just run around your block a few times, that’s good enough. The only big expense is getting a decent pair of running shoes – and this is important. You don’t want to damage your knees or feet by wearing unsuitable shoes, so get the best you can afford, and look for places that assess your gait so you can be sure you’ve invested in the right pair.

But wait, there’s more. The study, which compared 2000 Danish joggers to those with a more sedentary lifestyle, also found that those who were hot to trot displayed lower blood pressure, better heart function, greater bone density and immune function, were less in danger of becoming obese and displayed improved psychological function.

That’s a lot of bang for your buck. Looks like it’s time to take to the streets.

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