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Study: Regular Running Can Increase Your Life

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 4, 2012
  • Updated May. 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM UTC
A new Danish study has some great news for regular runners. Photo: Getty Images

It apparently doesn’t take much to reap the benefits.

Good news: According to a study from Denmark, regular running may help you live longer.

According to a report on the MSNBC Web site, the study concludes that women who regularly jogged lived 5.6 years longer than women who didn’t. Men who ran regularly lived 6.2 years longer.

The greatest benefit appeared to come from slow jogging a mere 2.5 hours a week.

“We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity,” wrote head researcher Peter Schnohr. ”The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.”

The study examined mortality rates of 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers.

They then compared these rates to non-runners in the study of 200,000 people.

“The relationship appears much like alcohol intakes,” Schnohr wrote. ”Mortality is lower in people reporting moderate jogging, than in non-joggers or those undertaking extreme levels of exercise.”

The ideal running pace, according to researchers is to strive to feel a “little breathless.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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