For many decades we have believed that running is one of the best exercises we could take up. Now, this view could be dislodged by new scientific findings.
A team of scientists found out in a new study that people who frequently run have shorter life spans. Here’s more. The research came up with results showing people who ran a lot, and those who never, have shorter life spans compared to folks who do moderate exercises.
What really shocked me is this–the study actually hints that running could actually be unhealthy! Researchers from the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Pennsylvania, studied more than 3,800 people and discovered that 70% of them ran more than 20 miles per week. To learn more, the team considered the health status of each participant including their medications. They checked whether they were hypertensive, tested them if they had high cholesterol, and verified if they smoked, or had smoked in the past.
Ultimately, the team discovered that these factors could not be used to explicate why these group of people who ran longer distances had shorter lifespans.Dr. James O’Keefe, upon delving into the research, suspects that the results could have been brought about by ‘wear and tear’ on the runners’ bodies. Based on the results, he suggested people to engage in 2 and 1/2 hours of moderate running every week.
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