Most people donâ€™t really like to run, and while we get that, itâ€™s a very important part of cardiovascular fitness.
So much, in fact, that even aÂ littleÂ bit of running can significantly lower a personâ€™s risk of sudden death.
That may sound incredible, but new research â€” which built on existing studies â€” nevertheless supports the finding.
Researchers from Australia, Austria, Finland, and Thailand performed a comprehensive analysis on available evidence, and concluded thatÂ anyÂ amount of running significantly lowers oneâ€™s risk of death fromÂ anyÂ cause.
Thatâ€™s really incredible.
A reportÂ noted:
The researchers say they were motivated to perform the study because of a number of unknowns that still remained in reference to runningâ€™s health benefits. For example, it was never clear just how effective running is at preventing cardiovascular disease or cancer, or for that matter, exactlyÂ how muchÂ running an individual must participate in to reap such benefits.
So, in an effort to try and answer some of these questions, the research team reviewed any available and relevant published research, conference presentations, and doctoral dissertations. Specifically, they looked for studies that had investigated the association between running and subsequent risk of death from all causes, cancer, orÂ cardiovascular issues.
A meta-analysis of 14 studies encompassing 232,149 people who had had their health tracked for periods of time between 5.5 and 35 years found that within the long time frame, 25,951 of the included study participants passed away.
From the data, researchers determined that any amount of running was associated with a 27 percent lower risk of death from all causes, in comparison to participants who reportedÂ neverÂ running.
Now, imagine for a moment how much lower your risk of death would be if you incorporated more running into a daily fitness regimen.
We do this because studies like this one have proven time and again that running even a little bit helps you live longer, and who doesnâ€™t want to do that?
And living longer should also be about living a longer,Â higher-qualityÂ life.
Improving your fitness can improve your quality of life. And just a little bit of running â€” or sprinting, or ramping up your cardio with someÂ high-energy routinesÂ â€” will help you live longer.
Thereâ€™s science to prove it!