November first marks one of the biggest running events on the United States Running Calendar: the TCS New York Marathon. Thousands of runners will be racing through the boroughs of New York City and checking on RunInfinity for their 2015 New York City Marathon Race Results. Regardless of the times that appear next to runners’ names, they all will know they are a bit healthier for their dedication and efforts.
With thousands of runners preparing for the 2015 New York Marathon this coming weekend, Fitbit decided to take a closer look at the health benefits of running. It found that whether you’re a performance athlete or lacing up your running shoes for the first time, the sport provides some surprisingly quantifiable health benefits.
Through Fitbit’s Charge HR and Surge fitness trackers, which measure resting heart rate, Fitbit’s research team analyzed the aggregated and anonymized data of over one million Fitbit users in 2015 and found:
- Runners have a resting heart rate that is about four beats per minute lower than the average Fitbit user who doesn’t run
- For every run a surveyed Fitbit user ran per week, their resting heart rate lowered by 0.9 beats per minute
- Users who ran 3 times per week had resting heart rates of about 1.8 beats per minute lower than those who ran just once per week
- For each mile users run in their regular running routine, their resting heart rate decreased by an additional 0.75 beats per minute.
- The typical pace of a Fitbit runner is 10:20 per mile, equivalent to a marathon finishing time of 4 hours 30 minutes