No doubt the headline has many of us hooked … “Just how does this work?” I hear you ask. “And can I really go at my own pace?”
Well according to research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, you can slash your risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 45%.
The study monitored running habits of more than 55,000 adults over 15 years, and compared this to non-runners. The outcome was a drop of 30% in all-cause mortality risk and the runners lived an average of 3 years longer. This is despite how often, how fast or how far the runners ran.
“The mortality benefits in runners were similar across running time, distance, frequency, amount, and speed,” explains study co-author D.C. Lee, PhD, of Iowa State University.
This is motivating news for those who feel daunted by the current suggestion to exercise more than 20 minutes a day.
Cardio activity, like running, is not only great for the heart but has been proven over and over again to improve blood pressure and blood sugar sensitivity.
If you’re not a runner, and don’t get your 20 minutes of daily exercise, start by walking each day. Once you get comfortable with this you can graduate to a faster pace. Persistence is more important than how fast or hard you go.
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