Far from being a whimsical claim, this statement has just been proven by a study from the Copenhagen City Heart. This is a highly serious study conducted by researchers since 1976, and it has shown that our life expectancy could be increased by more than six years if we regularly run, approximately one hour a day.
Professor Schnohr conducted a study on 20,000 men and women aged 20 to 93 and obtained more than interesting results. Indeed, it was found that people who ran regularly lived longer than those who did not engage in running. And to add to the good news, it was also proven that these regular runners reduced their risk of premature death by 44%! This is a significant discovery, as it is now widely accepted that running and jogging are not only beneficial for health but also increase life expectancy by 6.2 years for men and 5.6 years for women.
The results of this Danish study add to what was already known about sports, particularly about running and jogging: running, even at a moderate pace without getting out of breath, has a beneficial effect on our oxygen intake, lipid levels, as well as blood pressure, bone mineral density, cardiovascular system, and joints.
Running also helps improve endurance and strengthen the muscles in our legs, hips, and back. Furthermore, consistent running helps maintain a healthy weight and increases bone density.
Running is also an excellent way to relieve stress. After a run, it is easier to fall asleep. However, it's important not to overdo it, as overtraining could have adverse effects.
Another study, this time conducted by Professor Mike Gleeson of Loughborough University and presented in 2011, provided evidence that jogging reduces the chances of catching the flu or a cold by 33%. Indeed, daily sports practice stimulates and boosts our immune system.
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