Running can be the most effective way to prolong life, as those who run can live up to three years.
This is true even if they run slowly and sporadically if they smoke, drink or are overweight, according to a new American scientific study.
One hour of running can add seven hours to someone's life, and even five minutes of daily running are associated with increased life expectancy. Researchers, headed by Professor Dak-Tsul Li of Iowa State University, who made the relevant publication in the cardiac journal "Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases," according to the Times of New York, evaluated (post-analysis) all published studies on the issue.
It has been found that running, irrespective of the pace and distance traveled, reduces the risk of premature death of a person by 25% to 40%. If you run two hours a week, you can expect an increase in life expectancy by about three years. Statistically, an hour of running increases life expectancy by seven hours, but overall this benefit has a "roof". Even if one is running over the week, the benefits of longevity can hardly exceed three years.
Improvements in life expectancy peak by running around four hours a week. Overrunning can please someone, but it does not seem to extend his life.
According to the study, walking, cycling, and other activities also benefit, but less than running, as they reduce the risk of premature death by about 12%. Running, according to researchers, is ideal to fight various cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and excess body fat, especially around the waist, while increasing the aerobic capacity of a human being, which is a key indicator of long-term health.
The more one combines running in general with a healthy lifestyle (not smoking and too much alcohol, healthy eating, etc.), the more it benefits in the long run.