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Live longer by running only 50 minutes per week

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KARACHI: According to WHO report 3.2 million people die prematurely per year due to lack of exercise.

The early deaths are associated with absence of adequate physical activity. It is suggested that any amount of running – even once a week – contributes towards better health and longer life. The new research says that no matter how fast you run or how many hours you clock, any amount of running is linked to reduction in the risk of early death.

Authors of the research published in British Journal of Sports Medicine maintain: “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.”

The study focuses on 14 previous studies based on six different groups of participants, totaling more than 230,000 people who were followed over periods ranging between 5.5‌ ‌and‌ ‌35‌ ‌years. Each study was slightly different, with some comparing those who were involved in running groups with those who did not run, while others classified those who ran at least once a month as a runner.

Overall 25,951‌ ‌of‌ ‌the ‌participants‌ ‌in the studies died. When the results were combined and compared who ran to any degree with those who did not, they found runners had a 27% lower risk of early death from any cause during the follow-up periods, 30% and 23% lower risk of early death from cardiovascular problems or cancer respectively.

According to Dr Željko Pedišić (Victoria University in Australia): “Any running is probably good for your health and you can achieve those benefits by running even just once a week or running 50 minutes a week, but that shouldn’t discourage those who run more than that amount, who maybe enjoy running three times a week or six times a week.”

Bristol University’s Dr Charlie Foster stated: “Find the activity you enjoy the most and stick with it. But if you can’t run, walk as much as you can too.”

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Ammar Ahmed

Karachi-based Ammar Ahmed, who studied Law, writes on a number of subjects mostly international politics and crime.