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Weekly running training can significantly reduce the risk of death
Jogging is healthy: An Australian study has shown that running training of just 50 minutes a week can significantly reduce the risk of death. However, the researchers also conclude that more exercise would likely lead to an even greater improvement in health and life expectancy.
New studies by the Institute for Health & Sport at Victoria University in Melbourne (Australia) have shown that running just 50 minutes a week can significantly reduce the risk of death. For the study published in the journal "British Journal of Sports Medicine", the researchers led by the extraordinary professor Zeljko Pedisic systematically checked the scientific literature and found 14 studies on the relationship between running and risk of death.
Running once a week brings clear advantages
According to a statement from the university, the study included 232,149 people whose health was tracked between 5.5 and 35 years. Around eleven percent of the people died during the follow-up. When the scientists combined the results of the included studies, they found that people who ran compared to those who did not run had the following advantages:
- a 27 percent lower risk of death for all reasons,
- a 30 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases,
- a 23 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.
Such benefits have been found even for those who only run once a week or less than 50 minutes a week. The researchers found no evidence that the benefits increase with walking.
Nothing speaks against longer and more frequent jogging
"This is good news for those who don't have a lot of time to exercise, but it shouldn't discourage those who like to run longer and more often," said Pedisic. Although some clinicians may have been prevented from promoting running as part of "lifestyle medicine" because a high effort has been associated with sudden cardiac death, this study shows that the benefits of running outweigh this risk in the general population.
The communication also points out that while the study found health benefits of running, the number of studies available was relatively small, which could have had an impact on results. However, the researchers conclude that an increased participation rate in running, regardless of the "dose", would most likely lead to a significant improvement in public health and life expectancy. (ad)
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- Victoria University Melbourne: Running for our lives: (accessed: November 5, 2019), Victoria University Melbourne
- British Journal of Sports Medicine: Is running associated with a lower risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and cancer mortality, and is the more the better? A systematic review and meta-analysis, (accessed: November 5, 2019), British Journal of Sports Medicine