One hobby could prolong your life.

FOX’s Alex Hein reports:

This is Housecall for Health.

If you’ve been searching for a new hobby, this latest study suggests that picking up running could help you add years to life.

Researchers said that even runners who smoke, drink or are overweight tend to outlive their non-runner friends by about three years.

The study was conducted at the Cooper Institute in Dallas and found that pounding the pavement trumps all other forms of physical activity in terms of adding to your lifespan.

The study was published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease and found an average of reported running time by participants to be about two hours weekly.

One of the more interesting take aways, according to many reports, is that running adds more time to people’s lives than it actually takes up, with estimations suggesting that an hour spent running may actually add seven hours to your life. This means that you don’t even have to become a fanatic marathoner to enjoy the health perks that come along with your new favorite pastime.

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