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The Effects of Jogging Every Day

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author image Frank Yemi
Frank Yemi has been a professional writer since 2007, and has contributed to several health and fitness magazines. He has worked as a medical fact checker and sports nutritionist in the United Kingdom. Yemi holds a Bachelor of Science in medical physiology, as well as a Master of Science in applied sports nutrition.
The Effects of Jogging Every Day
Jogging can burn calories in a short period of time. Photo Credit Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Jogging on a daily basis can improve your heart, lungs and bones, but there are some drawbacks. Jogging every day without adequate recovery time will overwork your body, which increases the likelihood of injury, accidents and muscle strain. By having an exercise schedule and moderated jogging sessions, you can get the most out of jogging regularly and cut down the associated risks.

Increased Life Expectancy

The Effects of Jogging Every Day
Jogging can add years to your life. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Jogging for at least one hour per week can add several years to your life. A recent Copenhagen City Heart study published in the “European Society of Cardiology” presented data that revealed jogging regularly can increase life expectancy by five to six years in men and women. Heart specialist Dr Peter Schnohr and his colleagues concluded that between one and two and a half hours a week of moderately intense jogging was ideal for longevity. Jogging-related deaths are rare, and they are often caused by pre-existing heart conditions or jogging too strenuously.

Weight Management and Heart Health

The Effects of Jogging Every Day
Modest weight loss of 5 percent to 10 percent can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Photo Credit MichaelNivelet/iStock/Getty Images

A healthy diet and regular exercise are vital components in effective weight management. Jogging regularly can help you burn off calories, which may help you lose weight. People who are overweight and are at risk of cardiovascular disease can benefit from modest weight loss. The American Diabetes Association published a study in 2011 that states modest weight loss of 5 percent to 10 percent can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. For people of normal weight, benefits of jogging include weight maintenance and improvement of heart function.

Osteoporosis

The Effects of Jogging Every Day
Power walking may be better suited for you if you have low-bone density. Photo Credit Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images

Not only does jogging improve endurance, but it also helps you maintain and build the thickness of your bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Society, jogging can help improve bone strength in the spine and hips. Those who already have osteoporosis, however, may find that jogging has a negative effect on their bones. As a high-impact exercise, jogging can increase the risk of breaking a bone for individuals with osteoporosis or low-bone density. Other options such as brisk walking or swimming are much safer and just as effective forms of cardio exercise.

Overtraining

The Effects of Jogging Every Day
When you jog daily without giving your body time to recover, you may experience stress fractures, muscle soreness and shin splints. Photo Credit Dirima/iStock/Getty Images

Jogging has a positive impact on your spine, hips and muscles in moderation. However, when you jog daily without giving your body time to recover, you may experience stress fractures, muscle soreness and shin splints. Older adults may also experience heart problems. To avoid overtraining, limit your jogging sessions to 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

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