New Jogging Study Shows Less May Be More

A Certified Public Accountant, Silford Warren currently heads an accounting firm in New York City. He received a master’s degree in accounting and business from Troy State University in Alabama. In his free time, Silford Warren enjoys staying in shape by jogging and weightlifting.

For years, doctors have extolled the benefits of regular cardiovascular activity. One of the most common forms of exercise is running or jogging. A recent study at Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen reveals that there is an amount and a pace that is most favorable for expanding lifespan.

The study found that runners get the most benefits if they jog between 1 and 2.4 hours a week at a pace of about five miles an hour. Additionally, three running days a week is ideal. The study compared 1,100 joggers with 412 sedentary people for over 12 years and found that strenuous joggers were more likely to die than sedentary non-runners.

While the study is not conclusive and has limitations, researchers determined that even jogging less than an hour a week, or only once a week, offers more benefits than not jogging at all.

Preventing Injuries When Weight Lifting

Silford Warren, a talented New York-based certified public accountant (CPA) with more than three decades of experience, currently runs his own accounting, bookkeeping, and financial services firm in Brooklyn. In his free time, Silford Warren maintains a high level of physical activity and regularly jogs and lifts weights.

Although lifting weights is a great way to stay healthy, a wide range of injuries may result from the various exercises involved. The most common weightlifting injury results from individuals dropping weights on themselves. While this can be caused by several things, lifting too much weight is typically the problem. As a general rule, stop adding weight once you are unable to complete full repetitions. This prevents you from overloading your body and decreases the risk of injury.

Another common cause of injury is equipment problems like an unstable platform or bars that do not rotate: lifting on an uneven surface will like cause ankle joint injuries, while lifting with a nonrotating bar can cause injury in the radiocarpal joints. Before you starting lifting, make sure you check all the equipment you plan on using to ensure it is working properly and is not damaged.

Lastly, poor form is especially risky for weightlifters who are just starting out. Not maintaining the proper form puts unnecessary strain on your tendons and joints, thus increasing the risk of injury. When doing heavy lifts, make sure you use a full range of motion instead of just doing half-reps. Additionally, avoid hunching your back during deadlifts or rolling your shoulders during bench presses.