Can running for 5 minutes a day really help you live longer?

July 29, 2014 9:38 PM

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As an avid runner, I loved seeing the headline on a press release that running at a slow pace — for as little as 5 minutes a day — could add three years to my life. The study was published Monday in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and its findings were based on exercise surveys taken from more than 55,000 adults ages 18 to 100 over a 15-year period. Nearly one-quarter of the study participants were regular runners.

My first thought was: Who really runs for five minutes at a time? Actually, likely very few people in the study, if any at all. The researchers found that running once or twice a week for less than 51 minutes in total — at a pace that was slower than 6 miles per hour — was enough to reduce the risk ...

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