- A new study published in by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that running can reduce the risk of early death for all causes by 27 percent.
- Weekly running resulted in a 30 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 23% lower risk of death than all cancers.
- These health benefits come even once a week, in less than 50 minutes a week, and at speeds below 6 miles per hour.
You know that running is good for your health – it can do anything to boost your mood to reduce the risk of problems such as heart disease and stroke.
Now, new research published in by the British Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that clogging a flooring can help you live longer.
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They found that virtually any amount of running – logging less than 50 minutes per week – lowered participants' risk of early death for any reason by 27 percent. In addition, running resulted in a 30 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 23 percent lower risk of death than all cancers.
And it turns out that it may no longer be better. In fact, running only once a week, for less than 50 minutes per week, or at speeds below 6 miles per hour (10-minute miles) still offers health benefits comparable to those associated with higher "dose" runs, Zeljko Pedisic, PhD, Associate Professor at the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University of Melbourne, Australia, told The Runner's World .
This does not mean that if you are already an avid runner you have to reduce your kilometers, Pedisic explained: The study simply found no evidence that the benefits would increase with greater amounts of running – something that is encouraging those who may not have much time for exercise.
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should not discourage those who are already involved in greater amounts of running, "said Pedisic.
While this study found a link between running and health benefits rather than a direct cause and connection relationship – there are a number of reasons why running can help reduce the risk of injury These include a reduced risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, said Pedisic.
Running also improves cardiac function, aerobic endurance, balance and metabolism.
For those who want to start running to reap the health benefits, Pedisic suggested they start slowly and find a running pace that is enjoyable. Over time, gradually increase the duration and pace of running.
If you already register for a solid base of miles and a pretty good clip? Continue to continue to reap these health benefits.