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Even A Surprisingly Small Amount Of Running Can Improve Your Health

Here's some good news for people who care about their health but don't enjoy running.

Researchers have found the minimum amount of running you need to do to improve your health.

Running for about 50 minutes per week, or around 6 miles, helps protect from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers and arthritis. 

It gets better. There's also such a thing as running too much. 

Running for more than an hour each day could increase your risk of heart problems.

Although, if you're running to lose weight, you won't burn too many calories by doing the minimum amount.

That logic is still the same — the more you run, the more calories you burn. 

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends 150 minutes of physical activity or 75 minutes of rigorous activity each week. 

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