Did you know that running extends your life? The study "Running as a Key Lifestyle Medicine for Longevity“ by Dr. Lee and colleagues proved that people who are running regularly are living healthier and longer. In contrast to previous studies though, Dr. Lee presented astonishing numbers. Running increases the expectation of life as much as no other sports activity.
Oprah Winfrey once said, that "running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." According to the US scientists you even get sevenfold as much out of it. For each hour of running you'll statistically receive seven hours added to your life expectancy.
Other findings of the study included that
- runners in general have a 25-40% lesser risk of an early death and
- in average, runners live three years longer than non-runners.
But, obviously, it's not possible to extend your life expectancy infinitely. According to Dr. Lee, the additional life span capped by roughly three years. The Cooper Institute has found out as well that, compared to other sports such as walking or cycling, running has a the best effect. But they couldn't find out yet, why that's the case.
Go out there and RUN TO DISCOVER even longer!