Blade (Toledo, OH)
Running leisurely for only five minutes a day can reduce the risk of premature death and can add about another three years to one's life, a new study in the
The results are just what
"If you can run, running is better than walking," is his mantra to his heart patients.
He maintained that position even though he couldn't point to any study's results to prove his point. Now he can, and he acknowledged that this was no quick perusal of the physical health benefits of running.
The results of running are so substantial that compared to nonrunners, scientists found that runners are 45 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.
"They even found that people who ran a little bit, once or twice a week, had benefits," he said.
Interestingly, there was not much difference in benefits between those who ran once or twice a week compared with those who ran daily,
"I've always encouraged my patients to run to get their heart rate up. I urged them to do that even before this came out," he said, referring to the study.
As one might expect,
"I am not one who runs every day, but I play a sport that involves running at least once or twice a week," he said.
So what about all those walkers out there?
"Continue walking. Walking is obviously better than maintaining a sedentary lifestyle. In order to benefit from walking, you really have to get your heart rate up, usually over 120 [beats per minute],"
He also stresses the importance of varying the types of exercises one does.
"The more different exercises you do, the better your response and the better your body will do," he said.
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