5 minutes of running a day may boost longevity
Most people spend the morning rushing around getting ready for work, or sleep until the last minute before they have to wake up – but others choose to go for a run.
New research suggests that which exercise you choose could affect how long you live. The research, from Iowa State University, shows that if you choose running – more than any other exercise – it can extend your lifespan.
According to the research, running for a minimum of five minutes per day would help expand your life expectancy even if the runner is overweight or a smoker. The research shows that runners tend to live an additional three years compared to those who didn’t run.
In comparison to other forms of exercise such as cycling, it found that running reduced your likelihood of premature death by 40 per cent.
In comparison, cycling and walking were only found to reduce your likelihood of premature death by 12 per cent.
The research followed 55,000 men and women aged 18-100.
The study found that hour for hour, running gives more time back to people than it consumes.
The research has been published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. The study shows that one run equates to an extra seven hours of life.
It’s well known that running is one of the most effective exercises. According to Better Health, running can also help build strong bones, strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness and is an effective way to burn calories and lose weight.
Running may be an effective exercise, but like all exercises, it must be done in tandem with a healthy diet.
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