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Too Much Exercise? What Is the Ideal Amount?

According to a post in The New York Times’ Well blog, a new study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that the amount of running one needs to live a longer healthier life is actually less than one might expect. Additionally, too much running may be unnecessarily strenuous and can potentially shorten lives. The researchers gathered data from 1,098 adults regarding how often they ran each week, their pace, and for how long. Data was also gathered from 3,950 adults who said they did not participate in any type of exercise. After comparing data from both groups, researchers revealed that the ideal amount of jogging was between one and 2.4 hours each week, at a slow pace. Those who jogged most frequently and at the fastest pace did not enjoy any significant benefits in terms of mortality.

Read the post published in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.