Here’s more support for the benefits of recreational running. Data analysis from more than 19,000 male and female adults over an average of 6.5 years showed that leisure-time running was linked with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Runners had a 28% lower risk of developing the disease than nonrunners. And the risk was directly related in a linear relationship to the amount of weekly running time—those who spent the most time running had the lowest risk. This relationship also held true for other parameters like weekly distance (≥6 miles), frequency (≥3 times), total amount (≥540 MET-min) and speed (≥6.7 mph). Runners with the most significant protective effect were active 51–80 minutes per week, suggesting that it may not be necessary to achieve a 75-minute-per-week minimum, as recommended in the physical activity guidelines.

The study appeared in The American Journal of Medicine (2019; 132 [10], 1225–32).