We’ve known all long that running is good for our health, but a new study from Denmark takes this notion one step further by concluding running can actually add years to our lives. Researchers found that women who ran an average of 2.5 hours a week, at a slow or average pace, lived 5.6 years longer than non-runners. Over the 35 year testing period, the risk of death was 44 percent less for the group of runners. Peter Schnohr, head cardiologist of the Copenhagen Heart Study, determined that balancing time dedicated to running is key for those who want to reap life extending benefits. Study participants who ran between 1 and 2.5 hours per week achieved the best results. Schnohr went on to compare running in moderation to that of drinking alcohol by saying, “The relationship appears much like alcohol intake. Mortality is lower in people reporting moderate jogging, than in non-joggers or those undertaking extreme levels of exercise.” He described the ideal pace for running as the pace that leaves you feeling a little bit breathless, but not gasping for air.
The bottom line – keep on running ladies, but be cautious to maintain a healthy relationship with exercise :).
Besides the health benefits, why do you run?
50 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS – DAY 8
Today’s prize. . .
1 Vicore fitness elite core bench
Win an Elite Core Bench by Vicore Fitness. The Vicore Body-Link System promotes balance, coordination, better posture and physiology by forcing you to work your core. Worth $459, vicorefitness.com
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Yesterday’s winner. . .
Congratulations to Betty Hodge who won a pair of Polk Audio UltraFit 500 Sports Headphones. Please email Jessica@womensrunning.com with your mailing address to claim your prize!