These 7 Sports Are Associated With Living Longer, According to Research

Racket sports for the win!

Well this news got me angry especially when we are well aware of the power of walking and socializing (safely) on heart health. I would have thought golf was number one. A four hour round of golf carrying your clubs or pulling a cart come in at 1100 calories burned. Alas; here are the top seven according to “The Copenhagen City Heart Study” following 8,500 citizens. The chart shows expected increases in life span by sport.

  1. Tennis: 9.7 years
  2. Badminton: 6.2 years
  3. Soccer: 4.7 years
  4. Cycling: 3.7 years
  5. Swimming: 3.4 years
  6. Jogging: 3.2 years
  7. Calisthenics: 3.1 years

I guess it is really all about staying active and getting at minimum 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, each week. And in the final analysis it is not about adding years to our lives, it is about adding life to our years. Keep walking (and golfing but don’t sit in that cart!)

Author: Cardioman

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