Live longer? Run!

Finally I'm doing something right.

Experts now claim you'll live longer if you run.  According to, a new Iowa State University study found running for just five or 10 minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

I run two to three miles a day.  Does that mean I'll live forever?

Seriously, though, DC (Duck-chul) Lee, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State, says runners were 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease or stroke than non-runners. Researchers followed more than 55,000 adults for 15 years to gauge the benefits of running, newswise reports. Lee says runners reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease regardless of distance, duration and speed.

Which is good.  Because I barely run a 10-minute mile (although it used to be a 15-!).

“Most people say they don’t have time to exercise or to increase their physical activity, but I think most everyone can find five to 10 minutes per day to run for the health benefits,” Lee said at newswise. “I hope more people will be motivated by this study and hope that they can start running and continue to run.” 

Now, he doesn't say anything about injuries (I've just hurt my knee for the first time, but enough to wonder whether I now will be wearing a brace, or worse, have to give it up!).


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