According to the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a study from The Copenhagen City Heart Study shows that certain sports can increase lifespan.
While the researchers are unsure if the connection is simply correlated or causal, after 25 years of tracking over 8,500 people, they seem to have found the activities that best increase life expectancy.
- Tennis: 9.7 years
- Badminton: 6.2 years
- Soccer: 4.7 years
- Cycling: 3.7 years
- Swimming: 3.4 years
- Jogging: 3.2 years
- Calisthenics: 3.1 years
“Interestingly, the sports that involved more social activity were linked with the best longevity—a discovery that demands further investigation., the researchers said.
Another study, published in BMC Public Health, adds to the evidence that social interactions play a role in such life-extension.
Japanese scientists discovered that routine exercise is linked to long life, and those who report doing these things with family and friends have even longer life than those who do such activities alone.
Many studies have linked social isolation with increased mortality, so doing two healthy habits at one and socially exercising can be a huge win.