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A New Study Shows That Running One Hour Can Add Seven To Your Life

Run For Your Life!

We already know that running is good for us and has several health benefits—but according to a new study, a 60-minute run can add seven hours to your life. If you’re already doing the math for how much you’ve extended your life this month alone, read on!

Not only did this research tout the lif- lengthening benefits of running, but it also declared the act itself to be the single-most effective exercise for increasing life expectancy.

Let that sink in a moment.

The news gets even better. If you’re thinking you have to run multiple marathons to reap the benefits of our sport, think again. According to the findings, as little as five minutes of daily running was associated with prolonged life spans.

The next time you don’t feel like lacing up, remember these key points from the study:

  • Regardless of pace or mileage, running drops a person’s risk of premature death by almost 40 percent, a result that held true even when the researchers controlled for smoking, drinking and a history of health problems like hypertension and obesity.
  • Hour for hour, running statistically returns more time to a person’s life than it consumes.
  • Improvements in life expectancy generally plateaued at about four hours of running per week, but they did not decline.

Although you probably don’t need another reason to get out and run, you now have one! You also have a great argument to pose to your non-running friends and family members. Maybe this’ll convince them to start!


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Allie Burdick

Allie Burdick

Allie is a freelance writer, athlete and mom, but not in that order. Her work has appeared in Runner's World, Triathlon Magazine and ESPNW. On her blog, VITA Train for Life, she chronicles her life as a runner/triathlete and hopes her successes and failures help to motivate and inspire others, even the over-40 crowd she somehow found herself in! The rest of her time is spent raising her twin boys with her husband in the Northeast where they live a big life! See it all on Twitter and Instagram.