Good news for runners.
A new study shows the benefits of running for your
health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're
a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits
are still the same.
According to the study running, even for a few minutes
a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease
compared to those who don't run at all. That study
was 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. They noted
their overall health, if they ran and how long they
Compared to non-runners, investigators found those
who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes,
and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular
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. And the speed at which runners ran made little
Researchers also found those who consistently ran
over a period of six years or more gained the most
benefit, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason,
and a 50% lower risk of death from heart disease
So if this gives you inspiration to start running,
why not lace up and hit the pavement?