Being a runner could add as much as three years to your life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The study, which aimed to assess the long term benefits of running, looked at the mortality risks for a group of over 55 000 adults.

After finding out how many of the adults had died over a 15 year span, they found that the runners in the group were generally less likely to die and lived three years longer on average.

Keen to start running? Here’s the plan. Check out Top Trail Running Tips, and then enter yourself in for the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. With two months to go there’s enough time to get into shape.