Look­ing for the best sport for a longer life? Try ten­nis

The East African - - OUT­LOOK -

Play­ing ten­nis and other sports that are so­cial can add years to your life, ac­cord­ing to a new epi­demi­o­log­i­cal study of Dan­ish men and women. The study found that adults who re­ported fre­quently par­tic­i­pat­ing in ten­nis or other ra­quet and team sports lived longer than peo­ple who were seden­tary. But they also lived longer than peo­ple who took part in re­li­ably healthy but of­ten soli­tary ac­tiv­i­ties such as jog­ging, swim­ming and cy­cling. The re­sults, pub­lished in Mayo Clinic

Pro­ceed­ings, raise in­ter­est­ing ques­tions about the role that so­cial in­ter­ac­tions plays in aug­ment­ing the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise. But whether some ac­tiv­i­ties are bet­ter than oth­ers for length­en­ing life spans re­mains in dis­pute.

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