Running Can jogging kill me? December 09 2015
Matt Allison Matt Allison Writer

It’s often said that you can’t have too much of a good thing – but when it comes to running, recent research from the US says that’s not necessarily true.

You may have seen headlines lately suggesting jogging could actually lead to a higher risk of death. 
 
But before you hang your runners up!  Scientists and health professionals have urged caution about these sensationalised headlines and news articles. 
 
Careful reading of the actual research shows there’s a lack of evidence to back up the claims that jogging could kill you. In fact, it actually shows that people who jog at light or moderate levels are significantly less likely to die than those who are sedentary.  
 
However researchers in this area strike a cautionary note, observing that regular running can cause significant injuries, even among the most experienced runners who prepare thoroughly.  
A male runner lunges

Safety first – always

So regardless of your running experience, it pays to take precautions to avoid common problems like blisters, painful shins and soft tissue injuries. 
 
Here are some tips to help:
  • If you’re overweight, pregnant or over 40, see a doctor before you begin any new exercise program . 
  • The same goes if you’ve ever had serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes or musculoskeletal issues.
  • Wear shoes specifically designed for running, and have them professionally fitted so they will support your feet properly.
  • Opt for loose cotton clothing that helps draw away sweat to avoid overheating.
  • Wear a hat, apply high-SPF sunscreen, and run in the morning or evening during the hot summer months.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep well hydrated.
  • Aim for a pace where you can have a conversation without becoming breathless.
  • Don’t push too hard  beyond your current fitness level. It may seem counter-intuitive – but when you’re building up your fitness through running, slow and steady really does win the race!
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