Why You Don't Need to Run More Than Two Miles

Not winning every 5K or running a marathon four times a year? Don't be so hard on yourself. As it turns out, light jogging may be the best form of running if you want a longer life, according to a new study published by the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers followed over 5,000 healthy men and women for 12 years, tracking their running frequency, pace, and how much time they spent practicing the activity. Researchers found that light jogging—defined as jogging no more than three times a week, at a slow or average pace for one to 2.4 hours total per week—had the lowest death rate, as compared to both non-joggers and strenuous joggers (defined as jogging one hour a day, at a fast pace for more than four hours total per week). Translation: Jogging just two(ish) miles three times a week can help you live a longer life.

"Many adults will find that this goal is practical, achievable, and sustainable," says study author Jacob Louis Marott, MSc. So no need to think of running as a "go big or go home" affair. While marathons are still quite the feat, next time you only run a mile or two, look at that as an accomplishment, not a failure.