Running For Just 10 Minutes A Day Cuts Heart Risk Hugely
The next time someone tells you they don’t have time to exercise, ask them if they’ve got ten minutes. Ten minutes of running a day, according to researchers at Iowa State University, is all it takes to significantly reduce the likelihood of death from heart disease. A University of Iowa news release reports that researchers at the school who followed more than 55,000 people for 15 years, tracking their running habits and heart health, found that runners were 45 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. They also found that speed doesn’t matter: even those who ran slower than six miles per hour enjoyed the health benefits. Wait there’s more: HealthDay reports that the study found that running a minimum of 30 minutes to 59 minutes each week — just 5 to 10 minutes a day — was associated with a 28 percent lower overall risk of death and a 58 percent reduced risk of death from heart disease, compared with no running. The study also convinced researchers that runners live an average of three years longer than non-runners, and OK, here’s the unfair part: people who ran less than an hour per week appeared to have the same heart benefits as those who ran more than three hours a week.