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Living longer: Running helps increase life expectancy
For what seems like centuries, many have long wondered what the answer is to a long and healthy life. It seems that one of the answers to this question lies in the kind of exercise that is done.
When it comes to living a long and healthy life, the answers tend to vary per person and per place. Some might attribute their long lives to the kind of food they eat, some might say that they live long due to their mental health, and some might also say that it all boils down to the fact that they always stay active no matter what age. When it comes to staying active in boosting one’s life expectancy, it is also down to what kind of exercise is being done. Express reports that going for a run can help extend the lifespan of a person.
As to why running is an exercise that can boost a person’s life expectancy, the British Journal of Sports Medicine explains that running for at least 50 minutes a week was related to a person having a lower risk of dying from various causes by 27 percent. It was also attributed to a lower risk of dying from heart disease by 30 percent and a lower risk of dying of cancer by 23 percent. This was a collective result after studying 14 other related studies regarding running and its association with living longer.
How this result came to have yet to be determined. Nevertheless, running still proves to be an exercise that is beneficial for those who want to stay healthy and boost their life expectancies. It is advised that those who do want to start running, do the appropriate warmup exercises and ease into the activity.
Running is not the only exercise that people can engage in to live longer. Exercise, in general, can already boost a person’s life expectancy as well as improve their overall well-being, both physically and mentally. Whether it is in the form of a workout session at the gym or doing chores like cleaning or even an activity as simple as taking a walk can help.
A healthy diet also plays a part in longevity as well. Two of the most advised diet plans are the Mediterranean diet and the Blue Zones diet, the latter referring to the food people in the countries where most people live long and healthy lives eat. Steering clear of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption is also key.