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Runners found to have an increased lifespan of 3 years, says new study

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:

Going for a run isn’t something that most Americans like to do, but if more people did it they’d live longer. Up to three years longer, on average, in fact, according to a new study.

The New York Times is reporting that people who run an hour a day can add an additional seven hours to your life, per day.

In fact, going for a daily run is believed to be the most effective way to boost overall life expectancy, a new review and analysis of existing research regarding premature exercise and death has concluded.

“The new study found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tend to live about three additional years, even if they run slowly or sporadically and smoke, drink or are overweight,” the Times reported, citing the findings. “No other form of exercise that researchers looked at showed comparable impacts on life span.” (Related: Read If You Hate Running Sprints, This Study Is For You.)

That would include gym rats who love to lift weights, do aerobics, yoga and crossfit, presumably, based on findings.

Three years ago a group of distinguished research scientists published a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology after analyzing a large body of data collected from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, which had conducted medical and fitness tests on subjects. The analysis of that body of data found that people who only ran five minutes a day had longer lifespans, on average.

Following the release of that study, the scientists were deluged with questions from colleagues and the public, says Duck-chul Lee, a kinesiology professor at Iowa State University, one of the just-released study’s co-authors. Among the queries, scientists and members of the public asked if other physical activities, including walking, were equally beneficial as running was to prolonging life.

Some others wanted to know if running actually did prolong lifespans, the Times noted, in a significant way. “Could it be, they asked rather peevishly, that if, in order to reduce your risk of dying by a year, you had to spend the equivalent of a year’s worth of time on the trails or track, producing no discernible gain?” the paper reported.

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