Why all of us should start running today.
Sure, not all of us a keen runners, but if you want to add a few more years to your life, lacing up your runners for even a five minute jog may be the answer. According to research published in the Journal of the American College Cardiology, running for just 5-10 minutes each day can significantly reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, regardless of distance, duration and speed, runners are 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease or stroke than non-runners.
On average, runners were found to live three years longer than non-runners thanks to the boost in heart and vascular function that running provides. Even as weekly running time decreases with age the health benefits keep on ticking. And the beauty of running is everyone can do it, anywhere and anytime, and you don’t need expensive equipment – just a good pair of sneakers.
Photography: Scott Ehler
About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.