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Jog daily, increase life span

Its health benefits have been vouched for long ago. Now US experts hint that jogging may extend life span by nine years.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 29, 2008 11:34 IST

Daily jogging may help you stay biologically young and live nine more years than those who don't jog, researchers in US have suggested.

A regular exercise is already known to provide several health benefits. Regular exercise also helps prevent heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and depression.

In the new study researchers at King's College London and in the US studied ageing in 2,401 twins and found that there was a difference of about nine years of ageing between those who exercised regularly and those who did not.

Benefits of jogging

It speeds up the digestive system and helps get rid of digestive trouble.

It counteracts depression.

In order to be an effective means to loose weight, the jogging sessions must be at least half an hour and be repeated fairly often.

Jogging makes you sleep better.

It happened even after considering other influences, including body mass index (BMI), smoking and socio-economic status (SES), according to the researchers, online edition of Daily Mail reported.

"The US guidelines recommend that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week can have significant health benefits" the study said.

"Our results underscore the vital importance of these guidelines. They show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals," lead researcher Lynn Cherkas said.