Running just 5 minutes per day can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, study finds

(NBC News) A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that just a few minutes of running a day can be heart healthy, reaping tremendous benefits.

"Our study showed that only fairly small doses of running were needed to produce these profound benefits,” said Dr. Carl Lavie of The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, New Orleans, LA

Lavie and colleagues followed 55,000 adults for 15 years. They found runners on average lived three years longer than others.

Just five minutes of running a day reduced the risk of dying from heart disease.

This bite-sized chunk of exercise might be perfect for people who find it difficult to get moving.

"By telling them that even 5 to 10 minutes can make a difference, I think they're likely to start, give it a go and see if they can increase from there," said Dr. Dan Simon of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.

Avid runners like Mandi Susman agree.

"Once you're out there just for 10 minutes, you say, 'Well I did 10 minutes, maybe I could do 15,'" said Susman.

There’s no fancy equipment required, just a pair of shoes and five minutes of hitting the pavement to get your heart pumping.

The American Heart Association recommends 75 minutes a week of aerobic activity.

Courtesy: NBC News Channel