There have been many studies done to confirm that regular exercise has a number of benefits. However, a new study has shown that people reap major health benefits just by running five minutes. A team of researchers followed a group of 55,000 women and men over the course of 15 years. The researchers examined the subject overall health, how long they lived and whether they ran.
The researchers found that people who reduced their chances of death from all causes by 30 percent. They also reduce their chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by 45 percent. Investigators also found that people who ran lived an average of three years longer than people who did not run. Even when the subjects’ body mass index, age, alcohol and tobacco use was taken into consideration, the results of the study were still the same.
Dr. Warren Levy, who is a cardiologist, has stated the benefits of this study are important to note. People smoke, drink excessively and/or are obese can still greatly improve their health if they run. For example, an obese person who runs is less likely to suffer from heart problems than a sedentary obese person.
The frequency and speed did not seem to make much difference. People who ran less than 51 minutes per week still were less likely to die than those who did not run at all. The researchers also found that running longer may not necessarily be better. People who ran more than three hours per week still had the same chance of dying as those who ran less than one hour per week. They are not sure why people do not reap more health benefits by running for a longer period of time.
Researchers also found that the key to getting the most out of running is to be consistent with your routine. They found that the subject who ran consistently for six or more years reaped the most benefits. They were 50 percent less likely to die from heart disease, and they also cut their chances of dying from all other causes by 29 percent.
Even though there have been many studies illustrating the effects of regular exercise, this is the one of the largest studies done to ever pinpoint the health benefits of running specifically. Running helps improve health by decreasing glucose production and lowering blood pressure.