Good news, for all of you who get jelly legs at the sheer thought of going for run. Researchers have established the exact distance you have to run to improve your health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, running for just 50 minutes per week or 10 kilometres will helps protect from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, strokes, arthritis and certain cancers. And it gets better… There’s also such a thing as running too much. Oh yes, stay-in-bed-and-watch-a-series lovers, listen up! Running for longer than an hour a day could increase your risk of heart problems. There have been several studies in support of this finding lately. The Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen tracked the progress of over 1 000 joggers and sedentary non-joggers for 12 years and found that training too hard can be as bad as no exercise at all.
Much lower mortality rates were found in those with a slow or moderate jogging pace, while runners had almost the same mortality risk as those who did no exercise at all. ‘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,’ the researchers concluded. In case you were wondering, a moderate pace, it was found, is no more than 11,2km/h.