If you only have 20 minutes, make a run for it. Research has found that any amount of running boosts your lifespan significantly…

These are the findings of a study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

According to the research, you wouldn’t have to run far or fast to experience substantial improvements in your health and longevity.

It’s not clear how good running is for staving off the risk of death but when researchers analysed 14 studies involving 232 149 people, they found the following:

  • Any amount of running was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running.
  • Any amount of running was associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and a 23% lower risk of death from cancer.
  • Even small ‘doses’ – like a weekly run for less than 50 minutes each time, and at a speed below six miles (eight km) an hour – was associated with significant health/longevity benefits.

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The findings indicate that running for 25 minutes less than the recommended weekly duration of vigorous physical activity could reduce the risk of death.

This makes running a potentially good option for people who don’t have much time to exercise.

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