“Running for Your Life: 5 Minutes a Day May Be All You Need”, NBC News States

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“Run for Your Life: 5 Minutes a Day May Be All You Need”, NBC News States


So, you simply don’t have time to workout? According to a recent NBC nightly news report, a new study found that running only 30 minutes to an hour a week could significantly decrease your chances of having a stroke and stroke. Running 30 to sixty minutes a week boils down to only about 5 minutes a day. You read that right, only 5 minutes a day!

And you don’t have to run that fast, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The study found that people who do any type of running compared to those who did no running at all, possessed a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 percent lower risk of death from a stroke, or heart attack.

Additionally, compared to non-runners, scientists found that  runners of any kind  reported the following:

“Our study showed that only fairly small doses of running were needed to produce these profound benefits,” said study co-author Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of preventive cardiology at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans. “Even running less than six miles per week, running less than an hour per week at paces less than 10 minute miles were still producing very substantial reductions in cardiovascular mortality.”

Previously, scientists recommended a minimum of 15 – 20 minutes a day – 5 days a week – to exercise for better health. The new guideline will be of great benefit to people who don’t exercise because of a lack of time.

According tp NBC news, in the new study, “researchers followed 55,137 adults aged 18 to 100 at the beginning of the study for an average of 15 years. At the outset none of the study participants reported having a heart attack, a stroke, or cancer. By the end of the study, 3,413 volunteers had died, 1,217 of them from heart attack or stroke. Those who ran even a little bit were less at risk.”

Although, running a minimum of 5 minutes a day will not in itself make the heart healthier, researchers report that such a workout still has tremendous health benefits. It also opens the door for sedentary individuals to get involved in exercise.

In terms of weight loss, it is my belief that every little bit will help, but in order to lose a significant amount of weight, a person would have to change their overall lifestyle – for example, eating healthier, getting enough sleep, etc.

This research shows that you don’t have to work out like a marathon runner, or pro athlete, in order to receive the health benefits of exercise. It may only take minimal activity to modify the way our bodies function. So, get out there and run at least 5 minutes for your health, America! No more excuses.

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