Any amount of running at all decreases premature death risk

The World Health Organization recommends adults between the ages of 18 and 64 aim for 75 to 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.  Of course, because the efficiency of any standard medical suggestion is more discreetly determined by age and genetics, even seemingly obvious submissions are destined for controversy over time. For instance, you might be surprised to learn that something as routine as running has been at the center of scholarly indecision in recent years.  

The rule of excess also applies to otherwise healthy activities. In the case of running, the risk professionals warn about has to do with the thickening of heart tissue, which can lead to fibrosis, atrial fibrillation, and even scarring. More broadly, prolonged exertion can induce oxidative stress and the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. It’s important that we understand diet science absolutely as opposed to via segmented bits, but the authors of a new meta-analysis worry that the ambiguity that surrounds exercise specifically might be keeping some people from engaging in it as often as they should.

The lead researcher of the study, Željko Pedišić,  told CNN Health that he hopes that after the data is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, academicians and civilians alike will be “encouraged by our findings to make running a part of lifestyle medicine.”

Their research declares that the smallest amounts of running offers a sizable reduction in premature death associated with cardiovascular and cancer.  The researches behind the new paper actually derived their findings from a systematic review of 14 previously published independent studies conducted in the US, the UK, China, and Denmark. Allied, these reports included 232, 149 recorded participant deaths during 5.5 -35 year follow-ups.

Upon review, it was determined that the participants that ran any distance at all expressed a 27% lower premature death risk from any cause compared to those that did not. Moreover, habitual running was also associated with a 23% lower risk of death from cancer, and a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Although the authors second the case by case nature of health advice, they also made a point to note that any potential adverse effect that running might pose is eclipsed by the benefits it affords, writing:

“Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity. Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits. Our findings may motivate physically inactive individuals to take up running and those who already run to keep on doing it.”