The JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY reported on the study of 55,137 adults between the age of 18 and 100 years old for a period of 15 years. They measured the impact of running on mortality. During this time, 3413 deaths occurred, 1217 of which linked to cardiovascular diseases.
About 24% were runners, which is representative of almost any population. Compared with non-runners, runners had 30% overall less mortality and 45% less risk of cardiovascular mortality. Runners had 3 years of additional life expectancy.
The chart below shows the results based on running speed, frequency, and distance. The results are striking! Running 51 minutes or less, once or twice a week, at 6 miles per hour or less generates a dramatic reduction in risks compare to non-runners. You don’t need to run longer to get the full health benefits of an active lifestyle!
So, don't feel bad if you can only squeeze a short run. You are actually scoring high on the health benefit chart!
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