Even one run a week can prolong life

A group of scientists from the University of Victoria (Australia) conducted a meta-analysis, covering 14 studies and more than 232 thousand people, and concluded that running can prolong human life. It turns out that those who run have a lower risk of getting cancer or dying of a heart attack. And even irregular workouts will bring benefits. The article is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Experts decided to trace the link between running and the risk of early death from any cause, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. For this, they have selected 14 studies that involved a total of 232 149 patients. Their health and lifestyle were monitored for a minimum of 5.5 years and a maximum of 35 years. During the whole period, almost 26 thousand deaths were registered.

After collecting the full information, the scientists found that, compared to a complete lack of running in people's lives, any number of runs was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes. Running reduced the likelihood of death from cardiovascular disease by 30%, and cancer by 23%.

At the same time, the authors note, even irregular workouts — once a week or less, less than 50 minutes and at speeds below 8 km/h were associated with significant health benefits and life expectancy. Therefore, people who can not run every day, it will be enough at least from time to time to make small runs — this, according to the researchers, is still better than nothing.

At the same time, scientists have not been able to trace the link between intensive training and overall health, so even if a person runs a lot, often and at a high speed, it does not guarantee him an increase in life expectancy.

Nov. 6, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

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