Do this and you’ll help prolong your life by 30 percent, study says

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Whether you plod or race, running, even for a few minutes, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don’t run at all. That’s according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American College Of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100, over a 15 year period, noting their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When 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.

Researchers also found those who consistently ran over a period of six years or more gained the most benefit, with a 29 percent lower risk of death for any reason and 50 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

So, if this gives you inspiration to start a running program – even for five to ten minutes a day – health experts say talk with your doctor.

Once you get the green light, get up and go.


  • St Dogbert

    “running, even for a few minutes, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease”

    Really? have you told Jim Fixx about this?

  • Nick

    “Do this and you’ll cut your risk of death by 30 percent, study says”

    Your risk of death is 100% and doesn’t change no matter how much you run.

  • ColoradoCommish

    Reading the Headline…. I was sure it was going to be an article espousing the benefits, advantages, and rewards of living, and voting Conservative…. Freedom, Liberty, Independent Thought, TRUE Compassion, Faith, and Personal Responsibility…. ALL great attributes and characteristics for a long, healthy life.

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