Start Running to Live Longer
Running is an amazing sport, and one that I feel that no matter what your size you can do and you should do. It improves your health and your attitude. People ask me why I run so much and I tell them it is cheaper than therapy. Now we all know that running is good for you, even when you have those naysayers that say it’s bad for your ankles and your knees. Well, a new Iowa State University Study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at the benefits of running and the findings were interesting…
5 to 10 Minutes a Day increases Longevity
The jist of it? Just five to ten minutes a day of running can significantly reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The researchers studied 55,137 adults. The adults were between the ages of 18 and 100. They looked at them for a 15 year period to see the link between running and life longevity.
The health benefits were the same for those that ran less per week with those than ran more. According to the study you will achieve the same health benefits for running 1 hour a week as you do for running 10 hours, as long as you’re running. But you’ll probably burn more calories more you run.
50% Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Runners who ran over six years have the most benefits including a 50% reduced risk of heart disease or stroke.
With time being a barrier to exercise, it shows that running is the best way to improve your health because it can take the least amount of prep, meaning you can get more exercise done in a shorter time frame. Like I said earlier, it may also help your mood as “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
If you have prior health conditions you should check with your doctor before starting. With anyone new to running I really recommend the Jeff Galloway method of the run-walk-run system for running.