Brief Runs Can Add Years to Your Life
Five to 10 minutes of running a day can add years to your life, researchers found when they followed 55,137 adults for an average of 15 years. The 24 percent who ran regularly were 30 percent less likely to die from any cause over the course of the study and 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease than were those who didn’t run. The amount of time spent running and the speed of the run didn’t seem to make a difference. Even running for less than 51 minutes a week (about seven minutes a day) and at less than 6 miles per hour reduced the risks. Persistence paid off: For those who kept up running for the entire 15 years, the risk of death from heart disease was cut in half.
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Aug. 5, 2014