A Shockingly Small Amount Of Running Can Boost Your Health

Just a wee jog can go a long way.

09/12/2015 7:02 AM AEDT | Updated 10/12/2015 6:51 AM AEDT

If you can't imagine running for longer than 10 minutes, you're not a lost cause in the running world. In fact, running for just 10 minutes, five days a week could be all it takes to reap running's big benefits.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that running for about 50 minutes each week -- or approximately six miles -- can protect the body from risk for stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even some cancers. A little bit of running might even teach you a few things about life.

If running really is your kryptonite (though it doesn't have to be: start here and here), you'll relish the fact that walking can be just as good for you. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recommends walking to lead a more active life and to combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Both running and walking are accessible and cost close to nothing. All you need is a comfy pair of sneaks and perhaps a good playlist or two, and you're on your way. Check out the video above to learn more about the benefits of a 10-minute jog.

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