Diabetes Forecast

Light Jogging Best for Health

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
yellow road sign with the word slow in black letters


To get the best health benefit from jogging, keep it light. That’s the message from a 12-year study of 1,098 joggers and 3,950 non-joggers. After taking into consideration factors such as age, whether participants smoked, and if they had diabetes, researchers found that those who jogged between one and 2.4 hours a week were the least likely to die during the study period. And slower was better, with an optimal pace of 5 miles per hour. People who jogged faster and more often than that were just as likely to die as those who didn’t exercise at all. While the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, it suggests people can reap the rewards of exercise without going at full throttle.      
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Feb. 2, 2015



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