Too much running could kill you sooner


POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:52pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:47am

Some people pride themselves on the number of miles they run each week. However, a new study shows that too much running could actually kill you sooner.

KETK spoke with a Cardiologist from the East Texas Medical Center, Tad Tolleson, who said, "Those that exercise a moderate amount actually live longer than either people who are sedentary and don't exercise at all, or people on the other end of the extreme that do marathons and ultra-marathons, the 50-100 mile extreme races".

The study was led by the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Lehigh Valley Health Network who gathered this data from nearly 4,000 runners over the age of 35. Tolleson said, "From a cardiovascular benefit standpoint, there is no evidence that doing it to that degree benefits you more than doing moderate exercise". While it is still not clear why the extreme runners may have a shorter life span, they discovered plaque build-up and scarring of the heart. Tolleson mentioned, "It's too much of a good thing in the sense that they're spending so much time in extreme exercise that they're not allowing their heart to basically catch up, rest, and regenerate". These findings were presented on Sunday, and have not yet been peer reviewed.  

Experts say that in order to remain healthy, it is important to exercise 30 to 45 minutes a day, four times a week. Also, do no exceed running more than two and a half hours a week. Personal trainer Amber Ford from Woodcreek Athletic Club, said, 'The average resting heart rate for a physically fit person is between 60 and 80 beats per minute. That tends to rise with age. It also tends to be lower with physically fit people".

So while it is important to exercise caution when running often, it is equally necessary to make sure you are working out fairly regularly.

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