Sunday 18 August 2019

Sport makes us live longer

Swimming is one of the best exercises to stave off death
Swimming is one of the best exercises to stave off death

Getting more active and sporty will be high our list of New Year resolutions. New research says swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics seem to be associated with the best odds of staving off death from any cause and from heart disease and stroke.

It involved an analysis of 80,306 adults with an average age of 52, in particular, reported the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Overall, compared with the survey respondents who said they had not done a given sport, risk of death from any cause was 47pc lower among those who played racquet sports; 28pc lower among swimmers; 27pc lower among aerobics fans; and 15pc lower among cyclists.

No such associations were seen for runners/joggers or those who played football/rugby. In each of the surveys, participants were quizzed about what type and how much physical activity they had done in the preceding four weeks.

They had been enough to make them breathless and sweaty.

For some sports, the higher the intensity, duration, and volume, the greater was the reduction in risk, while others indicated lower intensity might be better than higher intensity or no participation at all. Given that it is an observational study caution is advised.

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