Running is the best thing you can do for your health, according to a review of evidence in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. The review found that studies unanimously show that running not only beats all other exercise in terms of health benefits, but that it can also increases your life expectancy by three years.

Yes, a recent study really found that runners live three years longer than non-runners. Even when taking into account other factors like whether you smoke, drink or are overweight, running will still reduce your risk of dying early by between 25 and 40 percent.

To put it in other terms, just one hour of running can, statistically speaking, increase your life expectancy by seven hours. Have a think about that one the next time you swerve the gym.

If you find it hard to fit in any exercise, even the shortest sprints still make a difference. Previous research shows that running for just five to ten minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease and early death. In other words, missing your train every morning might be making you sweaty for work — but it could also be saving your life.

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