Running for as little as five to ten minutes a day could lower a person's risk of heart attack or stroke. A new study found that running less than six miles a week at paces slower than ten minutes per mile still substantially reduced deaths from heart disease or stroke.

Researchers followed more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 for 15 years. The scientists found that people who ran even for just a few minutes a day had lower risk of heart attack or stroke.

The study was published in Monday's edition of the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology."