Running can lower your risk of early death

'Relatively small doses' of running can lower risk of death: Study

'Relatively small doses' of running can lower risk of death: Study

While some run to boost their stamina, others do it to maintain overall well-being.

Any amount of running is good for you, according to research suggesting it is linked to a similar reduction in the risk of early death no matter how many hours you clock up a week or how fast you go.

You may be thinking, "OK, how much running are we talking here?"

When the study data was pooled, any amount of running was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes over the period of study for both sexes, compared to non-runners.

To try and find out the same, researchers systematically reviewed relevant published research, conference presentations and doctoral theses and dissertations in a broad range of academic databases.

They analysed results from 14 studies of 233,149 people, whose health was tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years.

In total, 25,951??of??the?participants??in the studies died.

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The team then looked at a subset of the studies, covering three of the groups of participants, to explore whether different frequencies, duration or paces of running might be linked to a different level of benefit when it came to death from any cause.

New research has found that any amount of running, and even at a slow pace, could be beneficial for health and could help lower an individual's risk of death.

The researchers concluded: "Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity".

You could run more than that, if you wanted, but the findings showed that "upping the dose wasn't associated with a further lowering of the risk of death from any cause".

Notably, the frequently and duration of running researchers found to be associated with improved mortality is lower than the 150 minutes of weekly exercise that the Department of Health and Human Services now recommends for Americans.

The authors cautioned that the study can not establish cause and that the number of studies was small, with methods varying considerably.

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