Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

Instrument Adjusting Certified
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
Could Jogging Be Hazardous to Your Health?

There is no question that exercise is crucial to our long-term health. Good health has always been, at least in great part, a function of what we eat and how we move. This is especially true for baby-boomers. Is it possible, however, that some types of exercise could actually be detrimental to our health?


Obviously, strenuous exercise, under certain conditions, is risky to our well-being, particularly our hearts. I am suggesting that we may need to adjust our idea of what strenuous exercise is. Some studies have suggested that low to medium intensity exercise, such as jogging, for a long duration (more than 20 minutes,) not only doesn’t burn much fat, but may actually be dangerous for many of us.

Is it just me, or do most middle-aged joggers look miserable to you too? Plodding along, red-faced, slack-jawed and panting, doesn’t look appealing or healthy to me. Few people stick with this kind of exercise. Why? Because it generally makes them tired, sore, hungry, and grouchy!

We need to exercise for good health and longer life. The question is; what is the most advantageous way to reach that goal? There is a fine line between exercise that is healthful and exercise that is potentially damaging to our health.

Okay, so should I forget long, brisk walks? No, not if you enjoy the fresh-air and scenery. This may be very important for your mental health. However, if we are talking about reducing the risk of serious health reversals, such as heart attack, diabetes and stroke, there is a better way. That way is a consistent high-intensity, short-duration, low volume exercise plan which includes both aerobic (cardio) and anaerobic (strength training) workouts.

Dr. Jim Spaulding is a full-time practicing chiropractor of 37 years. He has written numerous articles on the subject of diet and exercise.

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