Not Crazy about Cardio? Even a Quick Run Benefits Your Heart

Results of a study from Iowa State University reveal that even a short run (5 to 10 minutes) is good for the heart. Using information from more than 55,000 U.S. adults, only one-quarter of whom stated they were runners, researchers divided the participants into five different groups based on factors such as how often they ran, how far, and their average speed.

To their surprise, they saw similar benefits across the board in terms of reduced risk of death from heart disease—meaning the folks who ran fewer than 10 minutes a day had the same benefits as those who ran about 30–35 minutes daily (roughly five days a week).

Even after researchers took into account outside factors such as age, existing health conditions, and diet and lifestyle habits, the results of the study still showed shorter runs were just as beneficial as longer runs when it came to overall heart health, and that running may be a better exercise option for those with busy schedules because it produces a greater benefit in less time—more bang for your buck, so to speak.


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