November 14, 2019
Many researchers have looked at the effect running can have on our health. The results of these studies have at times conflicted with each other, making it difficult to know how much running is beneficial for us.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have completed a meta-analysis of previous studies by combining and reanalyzing data of almost a quarter of a million participants. From this data they were able to determine that participants who ran had a 27 percent lower risk of premature death than those who did not run.
Because this analyzed data was from 14 different studies it is not possible for this meta-analysis to determine exactly how little running is needed to see a benefit. The combined results however did not show any significant difference between running pace, duration and frequency. While it is not yet known if there is an upper limit to how much running is good for our health this meta-analysis does suggest that running just once a week is better for our health than no running at all. So it might just be time to get those running shoes back out of the closet.
Source: Science News
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