Running 5 min. Reduces Mortality

Reference:Lee DC et al Leisure-time running reduces all-cause and cardiovascular mortality risk. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Aug 5;64(5):472-81.

This study was actually mentioned in mass media as it reached some interesting conclusions with respect how much running is needed for it to be beneficial.

They analyzed over 55,000 men and women between the ages of 18-100 over a 15 year period.

Compared to non-runners, runners had 30% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 45% reduction in cardiovascular mortality.

That is a huge drop in risk!

They also calculated that on average running added 3 years to a life. You may saywoopididoo …3 years is not a big deal… but think about it; it is 3 healthy years and not 3 morbid years. You choose!

Now, the question is: how much, how frequently and how fast must a person run to get the benefits?

Based on this huge study, the remarkable answer was that just 5-10 minutes of running every day at slow speeds (6 miles/h) was enough to reduce the risk of mortality.

Personal Comment: So to those who have, over the years, laughed at me for running only 10 minutes, that study was music to my ears. I realize most people simply hate running or cannot run. So what about just daily walking? Read on to the next study…

Posted on: August 23, 2014


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