Every hour you run adds an extra seven hours to your life

Research has proved staying active reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, as well as the risk of cancer.

On top of that, a new study suggests that running not only keeps you fit and in topnotch health, but it can also boost your longevity. Although all these forms of exercise were linked to a longer lifespan, dropping the risk of premature death by about 12 percent, none lived up to the advantages of running (pun intended). There were no extra benefits if they clocked more hours, but the extra running didn't do any harm either.

Scientists studying data from medical and fitness tests at the Cooper Institute in Iowa found that as little as five minutes of running could help people live longer.

Running slashes your risk of early death by 40 percent, even if you don't run very fast, even if you start running later in life, even if you're a smoker or a drinker, and even if you're overweight or have high blood pressure.

Every fitness tribe has its own special benefits, but when it comes to increasing life span, scientists are pointing to one type of exercise in particular: running. Actually, the benefits plateau at running four hours a week. It also concluded that runners could live up to three years longer than non-runners. For instance, people who routinely run tend to adopt healthier lifestyles which include healthier diets, non-smoking, moderate amounts of alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight. But runners who did not do any other type of exercise lowered their risk by 30 per cent.

Research from the United States suggests that running could be the best way to help improve your lifespan.

  • Joanne Flowers