Everyone knows that exercise reduces risk of heart disease, so it is no surprise that runners have a lower risk of heart disease than non-runners. However, what is surprising is how much lower that risk is: runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than non-runners. Also, the speed at which a person ran or the amount that a person ran did not matter so much as they did run. According to cardiologist Dr. Warren Levy, “those who were, let’s say, obese and ran had a less likely chance of dying from heart problems than those obese people who didn’t run. Same with smokers, diabetics, etc.” What seems to matter more is the consistency of running than the intensity of running.
Contributor: Ashni Nadgauda