No time to exercise? Running even 5 mins a day has huge benefits

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Overweight? Smoker?

Lots of people would have pointed out the odds are stacked against you when it comes to your mortality. 

But a new study suggests that you could be both overweight and a smoker, but live longer than someone who was not overweight and didn't smoke ... but only if you run. 

A new study has found that those who ran even just five to ten minutes a day at a leisurely pace (about 10 minutes to complete 1 mile, or 1.6km) lived about three years longer than adults who never ran. 

According to The New York Times, the study showed these benefits did not vary much no matter how much a person ran.


“We think this is really encouraging news,” said Timothy Church, a professor who co-authored the study.

“We’re not talking about training for a marathon ... Most people can fit in five minutes a day of running, no matter how busy they are, and the benefits in terms of mortality are remarkable.”

The study, published this week in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, pulled information from tens of thousands of men and women in the US. 

Some other great stuff they found out:

Runners' risk of dying from any cause was 30 per cent lower than non-runners.

Runners' risk of dying from heart disease was 45 per cent lower than non-runners.

What are you waiting for? Dust off those running shoes. Now.

Source: The New York Times