Even very brief running—just 5 to 10 minutes a day—can help people live longer, according to new research.
“Running is one of the most convenient and popular exercises,” says Duck-chul “D.C.” Lee, an assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University.
“Running is good for your health—but more may not be better. You don’t have to think it’s a big challenge. We found that even 10 minutes per day is good enough. You don’t need to do a lot to get the benefits from running.”
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, finds that leisure-time runners are expected to live three years longer than non-runners.
The research shows that running can reduce a person’s all-cause mortality rate by 30 percent and cardiovascular mortality rate by 45 percent. This means that running can reduce all mortal health risks, such as cancer, stroke, and heart attack, by nearly a third. Cardiovascular risks are cut nearly in half.
People who ran less than an hour each week showed the same mortality benefits compared to those who ran more than three hours in each week, Lee says.