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Could you live longer by running a mere five minutes a day?
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00
Apparently so, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which found that running for only a few minutes a day even at slow speeds may increase longevity and reduce a person’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease, compared to a non-runner. Researchers studied 55,137 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period to determine whether there is a relationship between running and longevity.
Compared with non-runners, the runners had a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke. Runners on average lived three years longer compared to non-runners. Also, to reduce mortality risk at a population level from a public health perspective, the authors concluded that promoting running is as important as preventing smoking, obesity or hypertension. The benefits were the same no matter how long, far, frequently or fast participants reported running. Benefits were also the same regardless of sex, age, body mass index, health conditions, smoking status or alcohol use.