Tue, 08 May 2012 07:29:00 GMT | By AFP Relaxnews, updated by Elfie Jane

Regular jogging may add "years to your life"

Gentle jogs a few times a week may add years to your lifespan.


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(Relaxnews) - If you're aiming to add a few more years to your lifespan, researchers suggest lacing up your running shoes and taking regular, gentle jogs a few times a week.

According to new data, men who regularly jog can add 6.2 years to their life while women can tack on 5.6 years.

Presented last week at a heart health symposium in Dublin, the preliminary findings come from the Copenhagen City Heart study, which has been monitoring the health of more than 19,000 men and women since 1976 to increase knowledge about preventing heart disease and stroke.

The research is part of the work of cardiologist Dr. Peter Schnohr, who has been investigating whether or not jogging is healthy or hazardous, due to the fact some believe it is too strenuous for ordinary middle aged people and can put unnecessary strain on the heart.

"The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health," he said, adding: "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."

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