Do you enjoy running for its many benefits, but don’t love running long distances? Experts have some excellent news for those who favor short hauls. It is possible to be a running minimalist. Find out just how few miles are required to reap the health benefits of running and achieve low mileage perfection.
- A recent review of studies found that to score the major health perks of running, you don’t have to pound the pavement for long: Jogging just five or six miles a week is enough.
- It gets even better: When the reviewers looked at the effect of running on cardiovascular mortality and death from any cause, they found that the low-mileage group had the same reduction in risk as people who laced up more often and covered more ground every week.
- But of course, if you’re running to lose weight, the same logic still applies: More steps means more calories burned. You may want to stick to your usual schedule and route.
“Running for 20 to 30 minutes, or about a mile-and-a-half to three miles, twice per week would appear to be perfect.”