According to a new epidemiological study of Danish men and women, playing tennis and other social sports may extend your life.
This study found that adults who regularly play tennis or other ball and team sports live longer than people who are sedentary. They also live longer than those who have exercise habits but usually do solo sports such as jogging, swimming, and cycling.
The findings of this study raise some interesting questions about the possible role that society can play in enhancing the benefits of exercise.
At this point, no one doubts that physical activity will improve our health and extend our lives. Several recent epidemiological studies have confirmed the link between exercise and longer lifespan.
However, it is still controversial whether certain activities may extend life longer than others. A 2017 study of more than 80,000 British men and women was widely reported, which found that people who participated in ball games tended to live longer than those who jogged.
These results have sparked interest from an international community of scientists. They have previously studied the connection between jogging and longevity and concluded that moderate running at moderate speeds is more conducive to longer life than gentler or more intense running.
These researchers decided to expand their research to study various sports and their connection to life and premature death. Their new study is published this week in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
这些研究人员决定扩大他们的研究范围，研究各种运动以及它们与生命和早逝之间的联系。他们的这项新研究本周发表在《梅奥诊所学报》(Mayo Clinic Proceedings)上。
Cycling is the most popular activity among the Danes involved in the study, and many say they ride 4 hours or more a week. Compared to sedentary Danes, the average lifespan of these riders has increased by 3.7 years.
People who run often live an average of 3.2 years longer than those who are sedentary.
But these benefits are significantly lower than playing tennis-tennis players' average lifespan increased by 9.7 years, badminton was 6.2 years, and football was nearly 5 years.
These results hold even if the researchers controlled the respondents' educational background, socioeconomic status, and age.
For this observational study, co-author Dr. James O'Keeffe, director of preventive cardiology at the Central American Heart Institute at St. Luke's Health Center in Kansas City, said that for this observational study, it is important to understand why and how some exercise It is impossible to extend human life longer than other sports.
He said that some sports may play a role in different needs for physical strength, and income and other aspects of people's lifestyle are also important. People who have enough money and leisure time to play tennis live longer. It may also be because they have enough money and leisure time, not because they play tennis.
Exercise and interaction with others may have unique psychological and physical effects. He said that this magnifies the benefits of exercise.
He said that this possibility has yet to be verified, but for the time being, people who run or cycle alone may consider joining a group or finding a companion.
Improving heart rate is vital to health, he said. "But it seems that the same is true for communication and communication with others."