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The Incredible Benefit To Running Only 5 Minutes A Day

Posted in: General Health 08 Aug, 2014

So much for needing 30 minutes of hard exercise a day. As it turns out, hitting the road for as little as 5 minutes daily will cut your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. According to a recent study issued in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running for just a few minutes can be very valuable to your health and increase your life expectancy.

The team of researchers from the University of Iowa followed 55,000 adults, who had an average age of 44, over a period of 15 years. Together, the runners added about 3 years to their predicted life expectancy. Even those who committed to only 5-10 minutes a day of jogging saw the same benefits as their counterparts who sprinted.

Don’t like running? Not a problem

You don’t necessarily have to to take up sprinting to see the benefits of hard exercise. Any other type of cardio activity, such as spinning should work equally as well, said Timothy Church, a co-author of the study. To maintain a manageable exercise routine, you could try this: jog 5 minutes in the morning, followed by a 10-minute jog after work. Throw in a 30-minute weekend run and you’ll reduce the risk of heart disease and add to your life expectancy.

One of the authors, Duck-chul Lee, said this could encourage people to start running more in the long term. As we all know, starting small and gradually working your way up is the key ingredient to reaching most goals. Those who start strict exercise routines after months of no exercise often give up easily.

Inactive people have lower life expectancies

It’s not a massive surprise to hear this headline. People who run or exercise on a regular basis have a 45% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and 30% smaller risk of dying prematurely.

Another finding of the study found people who walked 10km or more during the course of one week had a much lower risk or premature death than those who do not. What this tells us is that if you’re not interested in running for 5 minutes, 20 minutes of brisk walking offers the same benefits.

If you don't think you have enough time in your day to go for a run, think again.


  • MarcelMonday, Aug 11, 2014

    Gotta try this! Don't have much time to run but i can manage 5 mins probably :)

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