Just One Hour Of Running Can Add 7 Hours To Your Life, Study Says

Posted: Apr 16 2017, 11:46pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 17 2017, 12:02am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

An Hour of Running Adds 7 Hours to Your Life, Study Says
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Researchers have found that runners tend to live around three years longer than nonrunners

Running can extend your lifespan. A new research has found that just one hour of running can add seven hours to your life. No other form of exercise is found to have such effects on life expectancy.

Researchers have reached the conclusion after reanalyzing data from a study conducted by The Cooper Institute three years ago. They also examined results from many other studies and attempted to find a link between exercise and longer life.

The findings of the study reinforces the idea that running is indeed linked to extra years in life. People who run regularly have reduced risk of premature death and they live approximately 3 years longer than non-runners. Researchers also calculated that an hour of running can add seven hours in your life.

“Compared to someone who doesn't run at all, even as little as 30 to 60 minutes of running per week could improve longevity," said co-author of the study Dr. Angelique Brellenthin from Iowa State University. "I'm in the category of people that is encouraged when I see these findings that running 20 to 30 minutes per week, two to three times, will give me the most bang for my buck. It's accessible for people who have hectic lives, like me, and I know it will improve my life.

Running even outperforms walking, cycling and other exercises in terms of prolonged life. But it does not necessarily means that other activities are not useful. They can also benefit life expectancy but to a certain extent. The new study also reveals the impact of running on other health outcomes and diseases such as stroke, cancer and metabolic diseases like diabetes and suggests that it fights a number of risk factors for early death.

Researchers estimate that if every nonrunner start running, the death rate will drop by 16 percent. Running will also lead to 25 percent few heart attacks.

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