Running can reduce risk of early death, suggests new study

How much exercise you should be doing to save your life

How much exercise you should be doing to save your life

According to research, as quoted in a report in The Guardian, running can also reduce the risk of an early death.

They suggested the conduct of future research using data held by activity trackers to assess running habits and the benefits.

"Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits", the authors of the study write.

The research, which has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, took into consideration 14 previous studies that were based on more than 2,30,000 people who were followed for a period ranging been five and a half years and 35 years. The global health body stated that over three million deaths are caused due to physical inactivity every year.

And with Australia a "nation of runners" with nearly 700,000 people aged 15 and over participating in the activity and recreational running numbers doubling between 2006 and 2014, the study had important implications.

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.

They found no sign of such a trend.

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Lead researcher Professor Zeljko Pediscic, from Victoria University in Melbourne, said: "Significant reductions in mortality risk can be expected for any dose of running, even just once a week".

Running participation is associated with 27%, 30% and 23% reduced risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and cancer mortality, respectively.

And, in a win for those who find it a challenge to find the time or effort to run long distances, researchers found no evidence that the benefits increase with more than 50 minutes of running per week. The team was on the lookout for research into the link between running, jogging, and the risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

To stay fit, World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity in a week for people aged above 18 years.

The study results mirror the new guidelines for physical activity, published by the UK's Chief Medical Officers last month, which stated that "even a few minutes of exercise is good for you".

"This finding may be motivating for those who can not invest a lot of time in exercise, but it should definitely not discourage those who already engage in higher amounts of running", Pedišić said.

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