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Running for Life

July 29, 2014

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Running just five to ten minutes a day can help extend your life new research suggests.

The conclusion published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology follows the tracking of fatalities among more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100. Roughly 1/4 indicated they ran at least a little as part of routine leisure-time activity. Over a 15-year period, more than 3,400 died about 1,200 from cardiovascular disease.

But regardless of gender, weight, age, or smoking status those who ran faced a 30% lower risk for death due to any cause.

Runners also saw their risk for death due to cardiovascular disease drop by 45% and outlived non-runners by 3 years. And while those who had been running the longest saw the biggest benefit those who ran slowly and infrequently also extended their longevity.

In fact, the researchers reported that the risk for death dropped just as much among those who ran for less than 1 hour a week as it did among those who ran more than 3.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news doctors are reading – health news that matters to you.