Research has shown that running is an activity that can help us stay healthy for a longer period of time, but how much do we have to run to improve our life? A new review shows that the exercise is related to a significantly lower risk of death from all causes, no matter how small or how much they ride.
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Several studies have shown that running is a good type of aerobic exercise which has many benefits for both the body and mind.
The authors of a 2018 study, for example, argued that running could help protect brain health, although older research has linked this form of physical activity to slower aging.
But what link, if any, is there between running and death from all sources, and how does this practice, in general, impact the risk of death from heart disease and cancer?
In fact, if running could actually lead to a longer lifespan, does this mean that more running provides an improved level of protection?
These are the questions that academics from Melbourne’s Victoria University, Sydney University, and other academic institutions in Australia and elsewhere have recently tried to address.
To this end, researchers reviewed relevant literature — including published papers, conference papers, and doctoral theses — to investigate the possible connections between running risk and death risk. Our results were published in the British Sports Medicine Journal.
Any running amount is better than none.

There were 14 studies in the systematic analysis involving a total of 232,149 participants. The studies followed the participants ‘ health outcomes for periods ranging from 5.5 years to 35 years. 25,951 participants died over the periods of the study.
By analyzing the data from the 14 studies, the researchers found a link between any running amount and a 27 percent lower risk of death from all-cause. This finding applied to males and females alike.
In addition, the team associated running with a 30% lower heart disease-related risk of death and a 23% lower cancer-related risk of death.
The significant association between running and lower risk of death applied even to people who ran only once a week or less frequently. The decreased risk was also seen by individuals who ran at relatively low speeds of less than 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) per hour and those who ran less than 50 minutes.
“The World Health Organization guidelines and national physical activity recommendations in many countries …suggest that adults should take part in at least 150 [ minutes ] of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity a week,” the researchers note in the study paper.
The researchers warned that their investigation was observed and did not aim to find a cause. They also note that the studies they looked at all varied in their methodology and size of the cohort, which could have affected the final outcomes.
However, they remain confident that running seems to help health, generally speaking, so they suggest people consider taking it on board. The authors conclude by saying:


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