I just read an article that made by day!
According to the Time Magazine, researchers recently examined data from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study to evaluate if there was a correlation between running and longevity. This research followed more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a period of 15 years, recording their daily activity, including running.
Apparently, the benefits of running were the same regardless of sex, age, weight, health conditions and substance-use history, with all runners showing a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from a heart attack or stroke.
If you are like me, a slow runner, you will find this other finding even more interesting. According to Dr. DC Lee (lead author of the study and assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University), "runners who ran less than an hour per week had the same longevity benefits as runner who clock more than 3 hours a week". Isn't this finding just amazing and great for slow runners!
Although it is true that Dr. Lee also found that runners who ran more consistently over a period of six years benefited most, it is fantastic to know that even if you are a tortoise when running, you are significantly increasing your longevity!