Mar 9, 2019
You and I have talked many times about the fact that exercise, almost any exercise other than reaching for a donut, will help you live longer. Now a study from Denmark published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings pinpoints just which forms of exercise will add extra years to your life.
The investigators reviewed data from more than 8500 participants in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Although 12% of that group were total couch potatoes, 75% of those remaining participated in at least one form of physical activity.
When the data was tallied, it turns out that playing tennis seems to add the most extra years to your life at nearly 10 years. Following that we have badminton at 6 years, soccer at nearly 5 years, cycling at nearly 4 years, swimming, jogging, and calisthenics at 3 years. Bringing up the rear was health club exercise at 1.5 years. Remember that this study merely reports an association between longer life and different types of recreational activity.
It appears that social interaction as well as aerobic activity adds the most years. Exercising with others may well be the most beneficial as it not only burns calories but it may curb stress.
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