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08 December 2003

Jogging not always healthy

Jogging is not always healthy, with most runners over-exerting their bodies and doing themselves more harm than good, a German study has found.

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Jogging is not always healthy, with most runners over-exerting their bodies and doing themselves more harm than good, a German study has found.

Half of all runners fail to heed typical body signals like a high pulse rate or muscle ache, says Professor Henning Allmer who monitored training methods of 350 joggers between the age of 11 and 85 years on behalf of Germany's largest health insurance company, the AOK.

Especially beginners who have trained for less than a year have no idea of when they are over-exerting their body. Men were especially over-ambitious in their training methods, the professor said.

He recommended training at different speed with small breaks in between. Most people start running in order to do something for their fitness and half of all the joggers were women, according to the study. – (Sapa-DPA)

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