Really, really hating running isn’t the end of the world
Good news! The minimum amount of running you need to stay healthy might just be… none. Dr. Hussain said that while the Copenhagen study looked at runners specifically, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to extrapolate to other activities.
So if you don't want to run, don't. Bike, swim, skateboard -- just get your heart rate up, for at least 20 minutes on average each day. If you stick to that 20-minute rule, you should be (relatively) fine, and don’t feel guilty if you’re not banging out 10-milers a few times each week.
The NIH sums it all up with a pretty basic recommendation: “The more active you are, the more you will benefit.” Thanks for that, NIH!
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