There’s a group of people in the U.S. who enjoy a longer life expectancy than the rest of us. Spend less than 10 minutes a day doing what they do and you can increase your odds of living longer, too.
The folks who live longer are runners. And even if you only jog for about seven minutes a day (That’s right: only seven minutes!), you can add about three years to your life expectancy and significantly shrink your chances of dying from heart disease.
A study at Iowa State that examined the health habits of more than 55,000 people for close to 15 years found that during the study, runners were 45 percent less likely to succumb to strokes and heart disease than people who never put on running shoes.
According to researcher DC (Duk-chul) Lee, runners enjoy this benefit no matter how far they run every day and even if they never jog faster than 10 minute miles.
“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 says. “I hope more people will be motivated by this study and hope that they can start running and continue to run.”
Lee adds that his research showed longevity benefits even for joggers who amble along going at a slow rate of about six miles an hour. He adds that in his opinion, running is as important for public health as not smoking, losing weight and reducing blood pressure.