They discovered running was also associated with a 30% reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 23% reduced risk of death from cancer.
“Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity,” the authors wrote. “Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits.”
They noted clinicians and policymakers have previously been discouraged from promoting runnin, because too much exertion has been linked with sudden cardiac arrest. It’s also been linked with higher injury risk.
That’s why they believe doctors should be cautious when recommending the exercise.
“Running might not be a suitable activity for all clinical populations, and a clinician may need to make an informed decision about whether or not to prescribe it on a case-by-case basis,” the authors wrote.
Want to learn more about the findings? The results were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.