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 lived.
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 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. And 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% lower risk of death for any reason, and a 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
So if this gives you inspiration to start running, why not lace up and hit the pavement?