In the long run, short runs get the job done

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Running is just as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.

We know it’s good for us, but new research shows you don’t need to be a marathoner to make it work for you.

Runner Chris Breslin says, “Running has benefitted me in many ways.”

Researchers from across the country surveyed 55,000 adults for 15 years. They found that runners cut their risk of dying from heart disease nearly in half and were 30 percent less likely to die from all causes.

Even more surprising, it didn’t matter if you ran five minutes a day or 30 minutes a day. Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical editor, said, “For someone who is doing no exercise, this kind of study can really give them that push to get started doing something. There ya go!”

Justin Rubin works with true beginners who are just starting out at the gym. Of the more than 100 classes he’s in charge of, he says running is the most intimidating, and doesn’t have to be.

Rubin, Group Fitness manager and instructor at Equinox Los Angeles, said, “It’s not about trying to run a marathon. It’s simply about getting up, getting out and doing a little bit each day…because every step counts.”

Kirk Hawkins said, “All you need to get started is a park like this, an end point for a run like this tree and a stop watch on your smart phone.”

Rubin said, “Run to that tree, take a breather, do it again.”

Some people are willing to give it a shot.

“Everybody has five minutes,” said one person, while another said, “One hour a week is more than enough.”

“I’ll get there,” added another.

Proving one small step, or light jog, at a time can bring significant changes to your mind, body and soul.

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