Gentle jogging can help prevent heart attacks and strokes

29 July 2014        

Two women running

Running for just ten minutes a day even at slow speeds could help reduce your risk of dying prematurely from a heart attack or stroke according to research.

The American study followed more than 55,000 adults over 15 years and found participants who went running were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and could expect to live three years longer.

The findings showed the heart-protective benefits of running even extended to people who only ran between five and ten minutes a day, fewer than six miles, one to two times a week or less than six miles per hour.

When it comes to keeping physically active, every step counts towards helping you maintain a healthier heart


Christopher Allen, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Protecting ourselves against life-changing conditions like a heart attack or stroke should be everyone’s top priority. But the reality is not everyone is managing to achieve their 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

“What this study proves is that when it comes to keeping physically active, every step counts towards helping you maintain a healthier heart.

“Breaking your exercise down into 10-minute chunks can make this goal much more achievable and can help prolong your life by reducing your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.”

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