Even Very Small Runs Reduce The Risk Of Premature Death

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Even Very Small Runs Reduce The Risk Of Premature Death
Even Very Small Runs Reduce The Risk Of Premature Death

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Even very small runs reduce the risk of premature death

Running of almost any distance and duration reduces the risk of premature death, Australian scientists have shown, analyzing the results of 14 studies conducted earlier.

Even very small runs reduce the risk of premature death
Even very small runs reduce the risk of premature death

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Running of almost any distance and duration reduces the risk of premature death, Australian scientists have shown, analyzing the results of 14 studies conducted earlier. The results of their work are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The authors reviewed research reports from the US, UK, China, Denmark, Australia, Finland and Thailand, which involved a total of 232,149 people.

Overall, their work shows that people who ran any distance had a 27% lower risk of dying from all causes than those who did not. Running was also associated with a 30% and 23% reduction in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, respectively. However, some previous studies have shown conflicting results as to whether running can reduce the risk of premature death.

Lead study author Željko Pedišić of the University of Victoria in Melbourne says data from their research may motivate physically inactive people to start running and those who are already running to keep doing it. He also notes that health care professionals are sometimes wary of encouraging running, believing that vigorous exercise is associated with sudden death from cardiac arrest; however, Australian scientists disagree, believing that the benefits of running outweigh the risks.

However, scientists point out that the approach to running recommendations should be individualized.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 should do 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.

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