Running and Longevity-Running Increases Life Expectancy

Running and longevity are greatly correlated. Run to help you live longer.

Run to limit accidents, falls , and to protect your body against weight gain, pollution, and toxins in the environment.

However running for long periods of time does not make it alright or counteract participating in smoking, drinking or other harmful habits to your body. Run to be productive and make healthy life choices.

The runners that appear to be in better shape and are running at extreme paces are not the ones who necessarily out live the other less advanced runners who take things in moderation.

Always consult with your doctor before exercise.

Time Return From Running


Running returns more time to runners lives then it subtracts.

For the average person running two hours per week. As described in the Cooper Institute study, the researchers concluded that the average runner spends less then six months running over the course of 40 years.

The increase in life expectancy is 3.2 years. The net gain is about 2.8 years. These studies also accounted for smoking, drinking and other health related issues.

Running statistically lengthens life by seven hours for every one hour of running. Research suggests that these results are not infinite and running does not make you immortal.

The most results from running you can expect to gain are capped at about three extra years.

Prolonged running does not become counterproductive for longevity. The data researchers reviewed showed that improvements to life expectancy stopped at four hours of running but did not decline.

Expect to gain more miles(life length) from running then by conducting any other exercise form. No other exercise can increase life like running does.

Running potentially lowers blood pressure, burns extra body fat and increases your fitness level.

Those who run will have more chances of living longer because runners often also make healthier life choices. However running apart from life style choices will still increase life expectancy and enhance decision-making.

Runners on average live three years longer than non-runners. For runners the risk of premature mortality is reduced by 25% to 40%.


Different views on running and longevity

Some researchers still question if running one hour can really add seven years to your life.

A statement like this is only used for traffic gold, someone can post online to say that their niche is good for them as well.

Current studies on how many years running adds to your life is an observational one. This means that researchers analyzed self-reported data of exercise which is one of people’s many habits, and then correlated between running and the life length of those runners.

There are many other reasons why longevity favors the runner. The reason why a runner can out live a non runner may be due to the fact that non runners are less healthy than runners, runners eat better, and runners have good genes.

Other factors such as income and race may contribute to whether or not a person makes the health conscious decision to run.

Running Adds To Your Years

The study of runners living an average of three years longer than a non-runner, held to be so even if the runner smoked, drank, had high blood pressure, overweight, and ran slowly.

The seven hours for every hour of running is from a statistical calculation. This study was to see if running would add more time to runners life expectancy than the time it took away to actually run.

Research suggests that the average hours of running per week in 2014 was two hours. This study estimated that in a span of about 40 years, a runner spends less than six months running and increases their life length by about 3.2 years. The net worth is about 2.8 years increase.

Also, contributing to this study, is the fact that runners are more likely to eat healthier snacks throughout the day. Runners are also more likely to do healthier recreational activities such as church, park, read, exercise. Runners are more likely to live healthier lives. The outside lifestyles may be the difference in mortality.


Surprising Finding


Six miles every week improves life expectancy by three to six years. This amount of running decreases the chances of chronic diseases. This study is according to the review of research published in May Clinic Proceedings.

A team of prominent U. S based exercise physiologists, cardiologists, and epidemiologists participated in this review study.

The review summarizes the outcome of the best, and more advance studies on runners.

Every study featured at least 500 running participants, as well as at the least five years of investigation or follow up.

It comes to no surprise that running is great for increasing life, running improves weight, keeps your glucose in check, helps blood pressure, lowers the chance of some cancers, respiratory disease, stroke, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Key points to mention, running reduces the need for hip replacements and reports of osteoarthritis. “Lead author Chip Lavie, MD.

A continuous study of longtime runners is showing that the older a runner is the greater their chance compared to non-runners of the same age group on a disability index of common activities. This means that running increases the strength of the musculoskeletal system and does not cripple it.

Research suggests it only takes 52 minutes of running per week to benefit from life extending properties. This life extension length is three to six years longer.

More miles does not increase life length, suggested the research summary.

Over running can decrease the life extending benefits from running. Some runners may appear to be in top physical shape but will not reap the maximum gain of longevity that runners with lower doses of running get.

Athletes should be informed of this risk, although the chances of serious bodily harm are most likely miniature.

Running benefits simply over exceed the chances of dying or permanent injury from running.

Running can save your life

Running moderately everyday increase chances of living a healthier and longer life. With running take it easy and understand that it is a trial and error phase. Find a comfortable running pace and stick with it. Today I challenge not only you but myself to take a step out of our comfort zone and do what is necessary to adequately support life while we are here. We only one life to live.

For those running at paces and training for races, take a breather and ask yourself if you are properly hydrating yourself, eating nutritional savvy meals, and resting enough for the lifestyle that you want to live.

Running increases my well-being, and promotes positive attitude towards coping with death.

What are your thoughts I would love to start a conversation on this topic.


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