Can Running Add Time To Your Life?

The New York Times published an article stating that “an hour of running may add seven hours to your life”. Naturally, we were intrigued.

The study this article was based on, was done by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and it found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tended to live an additional three years, even if they run at a slower pace or on an inconsistent basis. They found that running as little as five miles a day was associated with longer lifespans! The New York Times also stated that,

“Perhaps most interesting, the researchers calculated that, hour for hour, running statistically returns more time to people’s lives than it consumes. Figuring two hours per week of training, since that was the average reported by runners in the Cooper Institute study, the researchers estimated that a typical runner would spend less than six months actually running over the course of almost 40 years, but could expect an increase in life expectancy of 3.2 years, for a net gain of about 2.8 years.”

You could increase your life by 2-3 years – how crazy is that!? Think of what you could check off your bucket list with an additional two or three years added to your life?

With this study having such strong outcomes, why not give running a try? After all, there is SO MUCH to gain.

Try these running “get started” workouts:

Beginner 6-Week 5K Training Plan

Beginner’s 10-Week Half Marathon Training Program 

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Madeline is Anytime Fitness’s Content Producer and the voice behind their social accounts. She is a self-proclaimed listicle addict and loves consuming and writing quippy and engaging content. You will mostly find her walking around a lake or with her nose in some comedian’s autobiography. Don’t be afraid to say “hi!” @anytimefitness.