Study: Every Hour You Run Adds 7 Hours To Your Lifespan

Running it not everyone’s favorite thing to do, but new research shows every hour you run extends your life span by seven hours. Iowa State University researchers reanalyzed data from a number of previous studies. They found that at whatever pace or mileage, a person’s risk of premature death dropped by 40 percent when he or she took up running. This applied even when researchers controlled for smoking, drinking, or a history of health problems such as obesity. If you can’t bring yourself to run, walking and cycling dropped the risk of premature death by about 12 percent. It’s not clear why running helps with longevity, but it’s likely because it can reduce high blood pressure, and burn extra body fat, which are both risk factors for early death. (Daily Mail