Fitness Friday: Runners Live Longer, It's a Fact.
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Whether you are an avid runner or jog for leisure you will most likely outlive your sedentary counterparts. As an avid runner, who just finished her first half marathon & loved it, I wanted to share some interesting facts about running & find out what your running routines are. First off, I highly recommend the Run Nike Women Series for runners of any level interested! I did the one in DC & know a friend who will soon be running in SF. It’s an amazing, almost indescribable environment, filled with nothing but positivity, encouragement, inspiration, & epic gear. I splurged on the shoes below specially made for the race! You can learn more about the races here.
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Enough about me, let’s get to the facts. A recent study done by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who jogged or ran at an easy pace for as little as five minutes a day reduced their risk of premature death by nearly a third!
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The study found that persistent runners had the most significant benefits with 29% and 50% lower risk of “all-cause and cardiovascular mortality” compared with non-runners respectively.
Don’t worry the benefits are not reserved for the running elite. Weekly running - even if it is only once or twice, for less than six miles, at a pace slower than 6 mph (10 minutes per mile), was sufficient enough to reduce your risk of death associated with premature or cardiovascular causes. That’s it! Literally all it takes is getting out there once a week or 5 minutes a day to live longer!
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Overall runners of any level could expect up to a 3-year life expectancy benefit! So don’t worry about pace, competitions, or gold medals just get yourself running towards your future. So how do you do it? Get out there once a week or more? When you do, is it more leisure time or a chance to push yourself? Have you ever run in an organized race, have any tips? Answer to any or all of the questions in the comments section below, I'd love to hear your feedback!
If you’re looking to get out there. but don’t want to take on the task solo here are some awesome (FREE) run clubs to check out! Did I mention they are completely free?
1. NikeTown Running Group – this one happens all over the country, so click here to find one near you!
2. Here’s a list of run clubs all over the Northeast – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, & New Hampshire.
3. Hey Texas, we’ve got some for you too. Click here.
4. If you’re in Cali check some out here!
5. Florida, we didn't forget about you - click here.
Can’t find one that works for you? Start your own! All you need is a pair of sneakers & a friend.