Of course, doing any sport prolongs your life. Having an active lifestyle does more good than harm; that’s a fact. Even 10 minutes a day can improve both your physical and mental health. But what are these kinds of sports that are scientifically proven to prolong your life? Is it true and how it works then?
All the sports sources and sports magazines are filled with the recent Danish research that proved that people who regularly play tennis live approximately ten years longer than those who neglect this sport. The scientists examined 8000 people over 25 years and proved it according to the statistics. You may wonder why? One explanation is that playing tennis involves complex movement and quick strategic thinking, which means you train both your heart and brain.
Ok, then another question may arise: football also involves thinking, so why tennis? This same study showed football is placed just behind racket sports and prolongs life for almost 5 years.
One JAMA study showed that walking 8000 steps a day provides a 51% lower risk of death. The scientists also found an interesting fact: if you go faster, it doesn’t mean you will live a few years longer; the number of steps -- that’s what truly matters. It’s also believed that the more steps you take during the day, the lower are the risks of getting cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.
Yes, swimming is a super beneficial sport that prolongs life as well. According to several studies, people who regularly visited swimming pools had a 28% lower risk of all-cause death. What’s interesting, it doesn’t matter whether you swim once a day or twice a day. One study showed that men who trained once a day had the same results as those who trained twice a day. So, take your swimming suit and enjoy the oh-so-soft water that embraces your body.