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How to live longer: Best activity to increase life expectancy according to latest study

There are a number of things one can do to slowing down their biological clock and live longer, whether they’re in their 20s or 30s or all the way to their 60s, 70s and beyond. In fact, research has shown its never too late to start with healthy habits. One such habit is increasing this activity into your everyday life to help boost life longevity. What is it?

How to live longer: Best activity to do to increase life expectancy (Image: Getty Images)

Running, even just a little bit, on a regular basis can extend one’s life according to Australian research.

The researchers analysed 14 studies than included more than 232,000 people whose health was tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years.

During the study periods, nearly 26,000 participants died.

The data showed that any amount of running was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and a 23 percent lower risk of death from cancer.

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Researchers said that even as little as 50 minutes of running once a week at a pace slower than six mph appeared to be protective.

Authors of the study which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said that running is an excellent option for people who say they are too busy to exercise.

The reasons running is associated with a reduced risk of premature death are unclear and the study doesn’t establish cause and effect, said lead researcher Zelkjo Pedisic.

How to live longer: According to an Australian study, running helps a person live longer (Image: Getty Images)

The study suggested that even just running once a week, or for 50 minutes a week, reduced the risk of death at a given point in time.

The benefits of running don’t seem to increase or decrease with higher amounts of running.

So, this could be good news for those who don’t have much time on their hands for exercise.

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For those who are starting out with running, experts advice starting slow and then gradually increasing the pace, duration and weekly frequency.

Set your aim at 50 minutes a week or more and run at a comfortable speed.

When it comes to living longer, the benefits of running will be similar, regardless of whether a person does it in one go or in multiple sessions spread across the week.

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