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Jogging and Health
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How would you answer this question?
Jogging one hour a week can lead to:
a. 10% reduction in relative risk of death over 35 years.
b. Improved health for women only.
c. An average of 6 more years of life.
d. Benefits only if started before age 35.
The correct answer is "c" an average of 6 more years of life.
At least one hour of jogging per week translates into a decrease in the relative risk of death by 44%, translating into an average of an additional six more years of life. The survival benefit was greater in men (6.2 years) than women (5.6 years). The extra years were happier years too, since joggers reported an overall sense of well-being. Although not as dramatic, even those who start jogging late in life experienced survival benefits.
Jogging is coming back in vogue and your patients might be interested in beginning the sport to improve their overall health and well-being. The authors point out that jogging does not need to be vigorous to reap the survival benefits. Jogging at a slow to moderate pace 1-2 hours a week was all that was necessary. To prevent injuries and cardiac events, remind your patients to get a medical exam before they start jogging or any exercise program.
From: Schnohr, P. (2012) Jogging - healthy or hazard symposium: Assessing prognosis: A glimpse of the future. EuroPRevent, 2012.
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