5 Minutes Every Day Could Cut Your Risk of Death by 30%

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Good news for the occasional runner. Whether its one mile or 20, researchers say running in general can be good for long-term health.

The study was published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers studied about 55,000 adults between 18 and 100 years old, over a 15-year period.

They found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease specifically.

Runners in the study lived, on average, three years longer than those who never hit the pavement.

Here’s the good news; speed made little difference. Even five-to-10 minutes a day provided some health benefits.

Feeling motivated? Researchers found those who consistently ran over a period of six years or more gained the most health benefits, lowering their risk of death by stroke or heart disease by 50%.

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