Great news for those people that feel they need to run, but don’t like doing it. You can reap great medical benefits from shorter runs. In fact, just jogging 20 to 30 minutes or a mile and a half to three miles two times a week is all you need to reap the benefits of running. Of course if you are doing it more for weight loss, then the longer runs may have a better outcome because they do burn more calories. Look at your final goals when you decide your reason for running. It may just mean that you will have time for other things if your goal is better health.
- Only jogging for 5-6 miles per week is enough and can be spread over course of one or two runs.
- Running will lower risk of cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and reduces risk of cardiovascular mortality.
- Running shorter will provide the same health benefits as running longer will.
“Running for 20 to 30 minutes, or about a mile-and-a-half to three miles, twice per week would appear to be perfect.”