Those older adults that are regular joggers could have an increased life expectancy than their more sedentary counterparts, according to researchers in Copenhagen.
Data shows that jogging increases the life expectancy of men by an average of 6.2 years and by 5.6 years in women.
Peter Schnohr, who presented the findings of the Copenhagen City Heart study at the EuroPRevent 2012 meeting, claims that the between one and two-and-a-half hours jogging per week at a "slow or average" pace yields dramatic benefits for longevity.
"The results of our research allow us to definitively answer the question of whether jogging is good for your health," he said.
"The good news is that you don't actually need to do that much to reap the benefits."
This is not the first study to suggest that jogging can in fact increase life expectancy, with previous investigations also taking place in Denmark.
However, some experts have previously warned against the safety of jogging for the average middle aged person, after several men died while exercising.
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