The Benefits of Jogging

As most of you know, I’m a triathlete. I’m not the best. I’m not the fastest. But I have fun doing it. However, I gotta admit, my least favorite part of training for me is running. I’ve never loved running. Never understood the “runner’s high.” Always wondered what runners were actually running from. But, strangely…I feel better when I’m finished.

Maybe…just maybe…running is actually good for me! According to the latest study, because I run, I’ll live longer than a non-runner AND will be happier in my old age than someone who doesn’t run.

DUBLIN — For those who diligently lace up their running shoes and brave the elements to jog at least an hour a week, there is a very real reward — an average of six more years of life, Danish researchers found.

Jogging was associated with a 44 percent reduction in the relative risk of death over 35 years compared with deaths among non-joggers, according to Dr. Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist from the Copenhagen City Heart study.

And the benefit was observed for both men and women.

That reduction translated into an “age-adjusted survival benefit of 6.2 years in men and 5.6 years in women,” Schnohr reported here at EuroPRevent 2012.

And that longer life is often a happier life, he said, since joggers reported an overall sense of well-being.

“This is definitely good news, especially for those who have questioned whether simply jogging could be beneficial,” said Dr. Ian Graham, of Dublin’s Trinity College, who co-chaired the program committee for the meeting.

“The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health,” Schnohr said in a prepared 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.”


Pretty good news if you ask me! I’ll keep running, and maybe…just maybe…enjoy it one of these days!

QUESTION: What is your favorite activity, and why do you do it?