The team from Denmark followed over 5000 people taking part in the Copenhagen City Heart Study, and tracked whether they were non-joggers, or joggers who kept a slow, moderate, or strenuous pace. The participants’ health was tracked over the next 12 years, and so was their mortality: 28 of the joggers and 128 of the non-joggers died.
So the connection was this: Joggers of mild and moderate intensity had a lower risk of death than the strenuous joggers. In fact, the lowest mortality risk was that of the mild intensity joggers. The fast-paced joggers had about the same rate of mortality as sedentary people. This suggests that there may be an upper limit to in vigorous exercise, after which the benefits fall off.
You know how your Polar watch goes crazy when your heart rate is too high? That’s probably what this is all about. But I’m no physical trainer or doctor or anything, so that’s mere speculation. The author of the study, Peter Schnohr, said that “it is important to emphasize that the pace of the slow joggers corresponds to vigorous exercise and strenuous jogging corresponds to very vigorous exercise. When performed for decades, this activity level could pose health risks, especially to the cardiovascular system.”
Take heed, weight loss resolutioners. If you’re going to the gym or getting your walk/jog on, make sure you don’t over do it. The whole point of this healthier life journey is to, you know, have a longer life. Going 0 to 100 obviously has bad long term results.
Be careful, y’all.
Credits: Shari Alisha