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Running Can Add Three Years to Your Life

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Unlike previous generations, millennials aren’t embracing running as a form of exercise, leading to a ten-percent drop in participation between 2013 and 2015. But new research may lead millennials to rethink their stance on running as a form of exercise. The study discovered that runners have a 25 percent to 40 percent reduced risk of early death, living about three years longer than those who don’t run on a regular basis.

Runners don’t have to pound the pavement for hours every day to see results. A previous study found that as little as five minutes of running each day can extend a person’s life. These benefits were seen even by those who smoke occasionally, drink alcohol, or have health issues. If the non-runners had begun running, the researchers say there would have been 16 percent fewer deaths and a reduction of 25 percent in the number of heart attacks. While running was the most effective exercise, the team said that activities like walking and cycling can reduce a person’s risk of premature death by approximately 12 percent.

The study was not without its limitations, however. Most participants were white and middle class and the study didn’t factor in the overall lifestyle of runners. Avid runners may make healthier diet choices than those who don’t run, for instance.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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