Too Much Running Linked To Shorter Lifespan

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/03/2014 | 03:45 PM EDT

Contrary to popular belief, jogging every morning may not be the best for your health

Though it was universally believed that the more you run the better the condition of your heart and overall health, new research now has debunked such a notion.

For years, running regularly has been lined to health benefits such as weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol. As it turns out, limiting the amount of running you may actually prevent you from cutting years off your lifespan. Studies suggest that a “moderate” running regimen - considered to be two to three hours per week - is best for longevity, or in other words, less is better.


Researchers from a study conducted by the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network say people who get either no exercise or high-mileage runners both tend to have shorter lifespans than moderate runners. However, they were unable to find reasons why. They also ruled out cardiac risk or the use of certain medications as factors.

Researchers evaluated data from more than 3,800 men and women runners, average age 46. They were involved in the Masters Running Study, a web-based study of training and health information on runners aged 35 and above. Nearly 70 percent reported running more than 20 miles a week.

Doctors believe that the “wear and tear” on the bodies of high-mileage runners takes a huge toll on their health. While they do not recommend that people not run, it’s suggested that they stay informed with new information and run two to three times a week. If you want to run a marathon, health professionals recommended that you run one and cross it off your bucket list.

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