The amazing benefits of running on longevity

Running is a popular form of exercise. But how does running impact your longevity? What is the impact of combining running with other forms of exercise? Check out the video above.

Key Findings:

  • Runners have 25-40% lower risk of all-cause death than non-runners
  • Runners have 45-70% lower risk of heart disease death than non-runners
  • Runners have 30-50% lower risk of cancer-related death than non-runners
  • Overall, running can lower risk of death by 27%. But combining it with other physical activities, the risk of death drops to 43%
  • Runners have a 3 year longer life expectancy than non-runners
  • 1 hour of running equates to about 7 hours of extended life


Lee D. et al. Running as a Key Lifestyle Medicine for Longevity. Prog Cardiovasc Dise (2017), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2017.03.005.

Dr. Sean

Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN is a practicing Nephrologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist in Southern California. He is founding director of SELFPrinciple.org, a non-profit, non-commercial site focused on evidence based nutrition, health, and wellness. Dr. Hashmi graduated from the University of California, San Diego Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of California, Los Angeles.