If you want to live a long life? It’s time to dust off your snickers.
According to a new study, runners tend to live about three years longer then people that don’t have the same tendencies, even if they smoke, drink and are overweight.
After a three-year-old piece of research the results found that five minutes of running daily could extend life spans of runners. The study, conducted at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, found that running trumps all other forms of exercise in terms of considerable impact on life span.
Another study, published last month in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, focused on relationships between exercise and lifespan.
The most interesting result of the new study was the estimation that running adds more time to people’s lives than it takes up. The average reported running time was about two hours weekly, so the study concluded that over about 40 years, a runner might only run less than six months total. Aka, an hour of running equals seven hours added on to your life.
Of course, these additions “are not infinite,” study co-author Dr. Duck-chul Lee stated. The added years to longevity are capped at around three extra years, he says.
Researchers also found that other kinds of exercise also help with lengthening lifespans, but not to the same degree as running. Lee said activities like walking and cycling typically lessen the risk of premature death by about 12 percent.
Dr. Lee said it’s unfounded why running has such a substantial relationship to lifespan, but that one might point to its effect on lowering high blood pressure and getting rid of extra body fat.
Perhaps that run after work doesn’t sound so daunting after all.