Running 5 minutes a day could add three years to your life

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WASHINGTON (WUSA)-- With only 24hrs in a day it may be hard to squeeze in time to exercise, but spending just a few minutes running each day may reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who don't run, research has shown.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology the report states that that even slow speeds could help. Stating not all exercising have to be exhaustive.

Researchers followed 55,137 adults age of all ages during a 15-year period to determine the relationship between longevity and running. Participants completed a survey on their running habits.

"Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for morality," says DC Lee, Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor in the Iowa State University Kinesiology Department in Ames, Iowa.

Runners, who made up 24% of the study population had a 30% less risk of death from all causes and a 45% smaller chance of dying from heart disease or stroke when compared with non-runners.

Authors also stressed the importance of promoting running to help reduce the death risk at the population level, concluding that it is just as important as preventing other national issues such as obesity.

Running slower than 6 miles per hour or only one or two days a week or less than 51 minutes a day all had a lower mortality rate.

Regardless of age, sex, health conditions, BMI, drug and alcohol use benefits were the same across the board.

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Monika Thomas (WUSA9)

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