It is a widely-known fact that physical activities can not only make you feel and look better but can also add a couple of years to your life. Of course, in modern day world, it is sometimes hard to find time for activities. As it turns out, you don’t even have to put so much effort into your sports schedule to get all the benefits you are looking for.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans have recommended adults to do high-intensity exercise at least 75 minutes a week…

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans have recommended adults to do high-intensity exercise at least 75 minutes a week, or more if possible. However, a new study from Iowa State University might soon change the outlook. Studies from Iowa State have shown that even 5-10 minutes of physical activity a day can significantly reduce mortality risk. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to get the health benefits!

Duck-Chul Lee, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University and his research team have recently published a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study assessed data from 55,137 adults, ages between 18 and 100 years with more than 15 years follow-up. Of the participants, 24 % identified themselves as runners. The participants of the study answered a questionnaire about their daily physical activities, which allowed the researchers to make conclusions about how their sports habits influence their life expectancy.

The researchers concluded that participants who engaged in running every week were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes…

After the follow-up was made, it turned out that 1,217 participants died of cardiovascular causes, while 3,413 participants died of different causes. From the 1,217 cases, 24% were running on a weekly basis. The researchers concluded that participants who engaged in running every week were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes when compared with those who did not participate in running. The conclusion was also made that runners are likely to live on average 3 years longer than non-runners. However, one of the fascinating findings of the study was that the reduced mortality rates applied for participants who ran less than an hour a week and those who ran more than three hours a week. This led to the conclusion that even running 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk in comparison with non-runners.

The study did not investigate how or why running affects the risk of premature death, or if running is the only exercise with such benefits. Still, the researchers found that the life expectancy is higher for those who engage in running, rather than walking. However, this study is encouraging news for everyone who cares about improving their health and life expectancy. You don’t necessarily have to become a marathon runner to keep healthy, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy running. 5-10 minutes of moderate exercise is enough to add 3 years to your life and reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by astonishing 45%.

the researchers found that the life expectancy is higher for those who engage in running…

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