Racket Sports, Aerobics And Swimming Can Help Extend Your Life: Study

Posted: Nov 30 2016, 12:20pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 30 2016, 8:50pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Racquet Sports, Aerobics and Swimming can Help Extend your Life: Study
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Playing tennis, squash and other racket sports is associated with almost 50% lower risk of premature death.

Researchers have found that certain sports offer more health benefits than others and can help people live longer.

The importance of any physical activity cannot be denied but health benefits can vary significantly, depending on the type of sports you play.

To find out, researchers examined the data of more than 80,000 adults in England and Scotland, collected between 1994 and 2008. The data inlcuded some of the most popular sports and exercises like cycling, swimming, racquet sports, aerobics, football and running and it helped researchers quantify the impact of different sports and exercises on the odds of staving off death. 

The data was in the form surveys where participants were asked questions about their physical activity. What type of physical activity they have done in the last 4 weeks, how much they have done and whether it was intense enough to make them breathless and sweaty.

Researchers found that people who played racket sports -- badminton, squash, and tennis -- had 47% lower risk of dying from any cause. Swimmers had 28% lower risk of premature death while those who were involved in aerobics and cycling had 27% and 15% reduced mortality risk, respectively. 

When researchers looked at risk of death in from heart disease and stroke, racket sports were again on top of the list. Playing racket sports was associated to a 56% lower risk, followed by 41% among swimmers and 36% involved in aerobics.

 “Our findings indicate that it’s not only how much and how often, but also what type of exercise you do that seems to make the difference,” said co-researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis, a professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.

“Participation in various sports may have various benefits for health. These observations with the existing evidence should support the sport community together with other sectors to design and implement effective health-enhancing exercise programs and physical activity in general.”

Why different sports have different impact on life expectancy, it is still unclear.

Overall, 8,790 of the participants died during the study period, including 1,909 who died of cardiovascular disease.

 

 

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