A new study suggests that even a five-minute run may help prevent heart disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research concluded that running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease regardless of your running speed.
The results of this study may motivate more people to start running or increase the frequency of their runs. Previous research has indicated many health benefits from running but this study is one of the largest to pinpoint the positive effects of running, especially for non-marathoners or non-triathletes.
Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived. Compared to non-runners, those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer than individual who did not run. When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, and smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. Researchers found runners who ran less than an hour per week have the “same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.”
However, researchers concluded that consistency was the main element. Participants who ran consistently over a period of six years or more gained the most benefits, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason and 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
Activities like running can lower your blood pressure and decrease the production of glucose, which cuts your risk of developing diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.
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