A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has confirmed what we’ve all suspected but hoped wasn’t true, that running will help you live longer.
The pooled analysis of available evidence said that if more people took up running, no matter how fast, slow, long or short, they would increase their longevity.
According to Science Daily, the study looked at 14 studies involving 232,149 people, whose health had been tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years. During this time, 25,951 of the study participants died. The collective results showed that any amount of running was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running. This increase when it came to cardiovascular disease with a 30% lower risk of death.
The researchers found that even small amounts of running at a slow speed each week was associated with significant health benefits. Even a run lasting less than 50 minutes and at a speed below 8 km/h was considered to have helped those in the studies.
This means that those who don’t like exercise could run for as little as 20 minutes and it would be more beneficial than stressing about doing a full workout. The research even found that doing more than this bare minimum wasn’t even associated with a lower risk of death.
While this is an observational study and therefore not practically tested, it reiterates the fact that some running is better than none.