Running for as little five minutes a day can extend life by three years and reduce the risk of premature death by one-third, according to a new study.
Walking and running have many health benefits
The research analysed exercise data from 55,000 adults in the Dallas area whose habits were monitored for six to 22 years. Just under a quarter (24%) of adults participating in the research described themselves as runners.
The research was conducted by a team from Iowa State University, the University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University and the University of Queensland School of Medicine.
The study was published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology.
The team found that compared to those who didn’t run, those who did were 30% less likely to die of any cause during the length of the study. Those who ran also decreased their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by 45%.
Factors such as smoking and drinking habits, age, medical history and other exercise routines were used to adjust the figures accurately.
“Running even at lower doses or slower speeds was associated with significant mortality benefits,” the researchers said.
The study found that the mortality risk associated with not running was in fact higher that being overweight or obese or having high cholesterol.
The team of researchers said: “This finding has clinical and public health importance.
“Because time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, this study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits.
“People who can’t devote 15 or 20 minutes to moderate physical activity each day may appreciate the efficiency of a five-minute run, they added.”
According to the study if all non-runners had participated in running, 16% of the 3,413 deaths that happening whilst the study was ongoing could have been prevented.
Exercising frequently including walking or jogging can help you reduce your health insurance premiums and promote a health lifestyle.
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