Running reduces the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease

Does running really fight disease and improve longevity?

PTo answer this question, scientists analyzed 14 studies, with a total sample size of 232 people, to identify the potential health benefits of running. Posted in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the meta-analysis finds that compared to non-runners, those who ran at least once a week were in favor. The runners had indeed 27% less risk of mortality from all causes combined, 30% less death linked to cardiovascular risk… And a risk of cancer mortality reduced by 23%. Running would therefore have a positive impact on the health of athletes.

Good news

The best news from this study for those who do not run daily is certainly the lack of dose effect. 50 minutes per week would be enough to significantly reduce the risk of developing these diseases. It would even be possible to fragment this small hour over the week. Intensity or pace does not seem to affect the benefits. Asked by Runners world, Zeljko Pedisic, associate professor and co-author of the study, summarizes his findings.

“The bottom line here is just that running can help you live longer, regardless of how often, how long, and how fast. "

And that's not all !

In a tweet, Professor Pedisic recalls all the benefits of running for the body. Running improves balance, heart function and metabolism. It reduces the incidence of heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, type 2 diabetes. And it also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol!

So many benefits with the moderate practice of a free sport accessible to all! What are you waiting for to start or get back to racing? But if you're over 40, don't miss our article on getting back to workout after a long hiatus to avoid making the basic mistakes: Resume or start sport after 40? Yes ... but not just any old way.