A recent article in TIME Magazine titled “Running Can Help You Live Longer. More Isn’t Always Better” caught my attention this past week. In it the author describes that people may be able to get life-lengthening health benefits from small bouts of running, if incorporated consistently.
The current recommendation by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is 75 minutes of aerobic exercise per week; but only half of the population is meeting this target. There is some good news however, new research now suggests that you can still attain similar health benefits by exercising far less than the 75 minutes recommended.
In an analysis of 14 studies following 232,000 participants over five years, the following two findings were noted:
These results alone should be enough motivation to start running. But there is more! Running is a great workout as it affects every system of your body. Here are some of the benefits that come with running:
Given the benefits running has on the body, and the little time that is required each week (about 50 minutes), there is little doubt that running should be incorporated into a daily routine to help enhance health and well being. A ten-minute run, five times a week can do wonders for the body.