A new study reveals that a quick run everyday can prevent heart disease.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has recently published a study that examines the major health benefits of incorporating running into daily routines. The study revealed that whether the run lasts five minutes or an hour,or if it is a casual jog or a competitive sprint, the action can significantly reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.
The research focused on about 55,000 adults ranging between the ages of 18 to 100 years old. By studying their overall health over a 15-year period, researchers made note of whether they ran regularly and how long the individuals lived.
The results revealed that the runners in this large group proved to have 30 percent lower risks from all causes as well as a 45 percent lower risk from heart disease. Regardless of age, weight, sex, alcohol consumption, and even smoking, the benefits remained the same across the board. The runners of the group lived an average of three years longer than those who did not run.
Frequency and speed of the running did not result in a major difference. Whether if it's your passion to train daily for a marathon, or if you're a beginner that wants to incorporate a bit of cardio into your week, running can lower the risk of heart disease, especially when sticking to a healthier diet.
There have been countless previous studies concerning the health benefits of exercise in all forms, but this discovery in particular highlights the many positive effects of running. It shows that the activity is still beneficial for those who are not athletes or pursue regular athletic activity.
For those who are dedicated runners, the study went further to explain that those who stuck with running for over six years had even higher health benefits with up to 29 percent lower risks of death from any health concern and an outstanding 50 percent lower risk of death from both heart disease and strokes.
Leading author of this study, D.C. Lee, stated that, "Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits."
With this exciting news, try adding in a quick run to your week and take advantage of all of the health benefits that come along with it. However, keep in mind that even if you are just taking a quick lap around the block, it is very important to stretch beforehand to prevent injury. Also, be sure to stay hydrated and ask your doctor what they think is best if you have any questions or concerns.