A new study indicates that running is good for your health and not only if you run for a longer period. Dr. D.C. Lee, lead researcher and assistant professor of kinesiology from Iowa State University said that these results have greater potential benefits for people with little physical activity in their routine, because might encourage them to try a small daily portion, knowing they don’t have to engage too much effort in order to benefit from health improvements. Running increases lifespan because it prevents heart disease, since running only 5 minutes once at a time might benefit your heart. These results are consistent with previous research findings indicating that duration of body movement is not related to health benefits.
Running Increases Lifespan Even If You Are Not a Long Runner
Results were based on an analysis of more than 55,000 people aged between 18 and 100, over a period of 15 years. The researchers observed their overall health, if and for how long they ran, their speed of running and for how long they lived.
The article, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that even with 30 minutes per week of running, you could add an extra three years to your life. The results are not easy to generalize, though; the authors take caution in making any clear statements. What is clear though is that any running is good running instead of not moving any inch of your body. This might be good news for potato couches, since results indicated that running increases lifespan even if you’ re not a long runner: those who run less than one hour per week have the same mortality benefits as those who run up to three hours per week, so there is no need to stretch your limits too much. As CNN Health cites, those who run, compared to non-runners, have 30% less chances of dying from any causes and 45% less chances of dying from heart related causes, even if they are affected by other conditions like diabetes, smoke-related health issues, and obesity.
Some other significant results show that consistency is also a key-component of making sure running increases lifespan, most of the benefits come from keeping a routine in running up to six years. There are several direct effects of running upon your body which explain its overall reduction of your mortality rate: the lowering of your blood pressure, the decrease of glucose production, the reduction of blood clots production. So, next time you seem too lazy to try it, think about those extra three years of your life.