Run for Your Life!

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Run for Your Life! Even a bit. You’ll live longer.

Even a little running can help you live longer, studies show. You don’t even have to run that much. The researchers predict that running will “probably lead to substantial improvements” in health and longevity. And here’s the kicker, “regardless of its dose.”

Benefits

Running is known to improve heart health, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It also enhances your metabolism and wellbeing. People who run any amount are less likely to die from heart disease or cancer.

Starter tips

Running is easy, intuitive, and affordable. It doesn’t require any special equipment or knowledge, so it’s easy to get started. 

Go easy at first

Make running a great experience from the start. To avoid side stitches, don’t eat for two hours before your run and limit liquids. Set a modest goal and don’t overdo it. You want to make a habit, and injuries tend to break habits.

Adjust your pace

Running in short, intense intervals is great, but if you’re new to it just coming back to it after a while, you might find that you’ve chosen too fast a pace. If you find yourself winded, just walk in between to catch your breath.

Track progress

Track your progress and you’ll be amazed at how you improve. If you run regularly, you will improve. Apps and fitness watches can make it easy to keep track.

Short steps

Take shorter steps at first. You might want to unleash your power as you get more experience, but start with relaxed good form and enjoy it.

The study

The study examined 14 past research projects conducted in Australia, Thailand and Finland. The research projects assessed the activity levels of 232,149 adults and followed their health outcomes over the years (from five to thirty-five depending on the study). Among the total subjects assessed, a number died over time, and the researchers were able to identify patterns of relationship between subjects’ physical activities and their health outcomes.

Use good judgment

Running isn’t for everyone. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure. 

Just do it

Any amount of running is better than no running. And it can make a big difference in your health and wellbeing.