A simple seven-minute run has now been found to cut the risk of a heart attack or death due to stroke by 55%.
Scientists confirm that running for only a few minutes a day or at slow speeds may significantly reduce a person’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to someone who does not run.
The US government and the World Health Organization recommend 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity activity, such as running but it was unclear whether there are health benefits for those exercising below this level.
Researchers, therefore, studied 55,137 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period to determine whether there is a relationship between running and longevity.
Compared with non-runners, the runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
Runners, on average, lived three years longer compared to non-runners.
The authors have, therefore, concluded that promoting running is as important as preventing smoking, obesity or hypertension.
The benefits were the same no matter how long, far, frequently or fast participants reported running.
Benefits were also the same regardless of sex, age, body mass index, health conditions, smoking status or alcohol use.
Running three times a week cut the chance of a fatal heart attack or stroke by 61% which was slightly more than those who ran once or twice a week.
The optimum running speed was between 7.1mph and 7.6mph which cut the risk of a dying from a heart attack or stroke by 60%, the study found.
Dr Chi Pang Wen of the Institute of Population Health Sciences in Taiwan said “A five-min run is as good as 15-min walk and a 25-min run can generate benefits that would require four times longer to accomplish by walking. As the researchers indicated, for younger individuals who are pressed for time, running is a far better option for time efficiency. Exercise is a miracle drug in many ways. The list of diseases that exercise can prevent, delay, modify progression of, or improve outcomes for is longer than we currently realise. We do not need to be athletes to exercise — it should be part of all of our daily routines.”
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