According to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, you can reduce your risk of death up to 30 percent by running.
Whether it’s a long sprint, or a slow jog, running for even a few minutes a day can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don’t run at all.
A recent study shed light on how beneficial running can be for cardiovascular health.
As stated by FOX8, researchers followed over 55,000 participants aged 18 to 100, over a period of 15 years, during which more than 3,000 died. A total of 1,217 deaths were related to cardiovascular, or heart and artery, disease.
Runners, who made up just under a quarter of the study population, had a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke than non-runners. They also lived an average three years longer.
Running for less than 51 minutes a week – or about seven minutes a day reduced the chances of dying. When the data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same.
The speed at which runners ran made little difference on the overall benefits, suggesting that healthy exercise does not have to be exhausting or time-consuming.