Study: Any running cuts risk of early death.
Whether you run 30 minutes or two hours a week, your risk of early death will be lower than if you don’t run.
The following research abstract highlights the importance of some exercise over no exercise. In my experience however, running/exercise can be extremely rewarding, which is why people who get into it, tend to up the distance. But simply in regards to your health, if you want a better quality of life as you age, to spend more quality time with friends and kids/grandkids, then make the decision and act on the decision to sustain exercise in your lifestyle.
Researchers found that running, no matter the duration or speed, will reduce mortality risk by about 30% compared with non-runners.
Contrary to the 150 minutes of moderate exercise or the 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who run less than an hour a week have the same health benefits as people who run more, regardless of sex, age, body mass index, health conditions or smoking status.
“More (running) may not be better in relation to health benefits” said Duck-chul Lee, assistant professor at Iowa State University and lead study author.
Runners have a 30% lower risk of death overall and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke than non-runners, according to the report.
On average, runners lived three years longer than non-runners.
“The study tells us that doing some exercise is clearly better than doing none at all,” said clyde Yaney, a professor at the North-western University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Running consistently can even balance out other things that raise your risk of early death, including obesity, high blood pressure and smoking(?), said Carl Lavie, a cardiologist and co-author of the study.
“Fitness may be the strongest predictor of survival,” Lavie said.
The study examined more than 50,000 adults over a period of 15 years.
The researchers used data from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, where participants completed a questionnaire about their running habits.
Lavie said the exercise benefits could be translated to other activities, such as biking or walking.
Prioritise your health, until it is a habit and then let the subconscious take care of it whilst you return your attention to other areas. And remember if you liked this post on running habits improving health, please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in health
Dr Gary Blackwood
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