Do you ever wonder how much you need to run in order to be healthy? Of course, it’s assumed that avid runners are significantly more healthy than those people who don’t move around as much. However, a new study shows that you don’t need to run as much as you’d think to live a healthy lifestyle.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed less is more, so to speak. The study’s lead author, Dr. Peter Schnohr, says, “If your goal is to decrease risk of death and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a moderate pace is a good strategy. Anything more is not just unnecessary, it may be harmful.”
Dr. Warren Young, a sports medicine expert at NYU-Langone Medical Center, who wasn’t involved in the study, said, “It’s been known that running more than 30 miles week puts you at higher risk of injuries including stress fractures and tendonitis. Excess amounts of running can cause cardiac issues.”
The study concluded that “light and moderate joggers have lower mortality than sedentary nonjoggers, whereas strenuous joggers have a mortality rate not statistically different from that of the sedentary group.”
Keeping this information in mind, know that you don’t have to run a marathon in order to be healthy and live longer. Get off the couch a few times and week and take a brisk walk or a steady jog.