How To Gain More 6.8 Years Of Life


Everybody knows that exercise is good to your health. There is now actually further proof that only a small amount of daily workout can help prolong your life.

Research from the Copenhagen City Heart Study (CCHS) — begun in 1976 — found that jogging between one and two and a half hours per week helped both men and women live longer.  The greatest benefits came from jogging at a slow or average pace.

Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the CCHS, said in a statement, “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.”

How many of life were gained?

About 2,000 male and female joggers were questioned about their running habits, such as how much they exercised, and how intensely.  During the follow-up period the men who jogged gained an average of 6.2 years of life, while the women joggers gained 5.6 years.

Men with high physical activity survived 6.8 years longer, and men with moderate physical activity 4.9 years longer than sedentary men. For women the figures were 6.4 and 5.5 years, respectively.

The findings were presented at a European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

The Copenhagen City Heart Study began tracking almost 20,000 men and women between the ages of 20 and 93 back in 1976.  Research findings from this prospective study include a 2006 paper on the longevity gains of 5-7 years thanks to moderate and high-intensity physical activity.  The longevity boost in that research was strongest against cardiovascular disease and cancers.

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