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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Run Baby

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology states that even 5-10 minutes of running a day can lead to substantial lowering of all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality.

Overall, runners gained about 3 years of life over their non-running counterparts and had a 30% lower risk of all-cause and a 45% lower risk of CV mortality. 

The investigators observed a significant reduction in risk in those that ran less than six miles per week, ran slower than six miles per hour and even among those that ran just 1-2 times per week. 

This is great news. You can get significant benefits from just a 5-15 minute run. (Now that time is not the issue, what will be your excuse for not exercising :)

High Intake of Fruit and Veggies Linked With Decreased CV Mortality

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health Researches are reporting that there is a dose-response relationship between fruit and veggie intake and decrease in Cardiovascular (CV) mortality.

With each additional portion of fruits or veggies there was a ~ 4% reduction in risk of CV death up to five servings. 

Therefore, five or more servings of fruits and veggies was associated witha 25% risk reduction. Each serving of fruit provided a 5% average reduction in risk and each addition veggie serving was associated with a 4% reduction in risk.

So - make sure you eat your fruits and veggies. Remember, these food are an integral component of of the Mediterranean Style Diet.