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Run for your life! One slow jog a week ‘will add years’

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Even jogging
at less than
6mph on one
50-minute
run per week
is enough to
cut risk of
early death,
scientists say
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JUST one run a week significantly cuts our risk of early death, a study shows.

Even a gentle plod — a single 50-minute jog at less than 6mph — was linked to a 27 per cent lower likelihood of being struck down early by any cause, a team of researchers in Australia found.

And pounding the pavement was also shown to reduce premature fatalities by 30 per cent for cardiovascular disease and 23 per cent for cancer.

Associate Prof Zeljko Pediscic, author of the study at Victoria University in Melbourne, said: ‘If more people took up running — and they wouldn’t have to run far or fast — there would likely be substantial improvements in population health and longevity.’

The researchers checked 14 studies, involving more than 232,000 people, on the link between running or jogging and the risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Health was tracked for between five and a half years and 35 years, during which time 25,951 participants died.

The pooled data showed a 50-minute run — 25 minutes less than the recommended weekly duration of vigorous physical activity — lowered risk by 27 per cent for both men and women.

Prof Pediscic said: ‘This makes running a potentially good option for those whose main obstacle to doing enough exercise is lack of time.’

He added that it was not yet clear whether ‘upping the frequency, duration and pace might be even more advantageous’.

MORE than 80 per cent of office workers said there are days when they don’t leave the office from the moment they arrive to the moment they go home, according to a poll. In winter, 95 per cent said they often do not see daylight. Only 28 per cent take a lunch break most days and 37 per cent never or hardly ever go out. One in five blamed the weather for keeping them chained to their desks, says the survey for snack brand Nature Valley.