Looking for a way to lower your risk of dying from heart disease, but you’re short on time? Here’s a tip to living longer while working out less.
Common Exercise Barrier
One of the biggest barriers to exercise is time. People often nix working out because they decide they don’t have an hour (or even a half hour) to spare. If that sounds like you, here’s the good news…
- A study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests running for just five minutes a day can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease.
Researchers studied 55,000 adults aged 18 to 100 for over 15 years. They studied the following:
- Overall health
- Whether they ran
- How long they lived
Physicians recorded and analyzed the following:
- Resting blood pressure
- Blood glucose
- Cholesterol levels
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Cardiorespiratory fitness (assessed using a maximal treadmill stress test)
- Health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, leisure-time physical activity)
- Physician-diagnosed medical conditions
- Parental history of cardiovascular disease
The study excluded analyses from individuals who reported participating in other activities besides running (e.g, cycling, swimming, walking, basketball, racquet sports, aerobic dance, and other sports-related activities).
The Results (Compared with Non-Runners):
- Runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes .
- Runners had a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
- Runners had a 50% lower risk of sudden cardiac death.
Cardiorespiratory fitness is a strong predictor of morbidity and mortality. (Morbidity is the condition of being unhealthy, ill, or diseased. Morbidity is the condition of being dead.) Runners had approximately 30% higher cardiorespiratory fitness than non-runners.