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Play­ing ten­nis and other rac­quet sports that in­volve so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and phys­i­cal ex­er­tion have been found to add al­most 10 years to a per­son’s life­span.

The Copen­hagen City Heart Study find­ings pub­lished in US jour­nal Mayo Clinic Pro­ceed­ings late last year found cy­cling re­sulted in adding about 3.7 years to a rider’s life, as op­posed to be­ing seden­tary, and run­ning con­trib­uted an­other 3.2 years of life on av­er­age.

Ten­nis, how­ever, was found to add about 9.7 years to a player’s life, and bad­minton play­ers en­joyed 6.2 ex­tra years. Soc­cer play­ers didn’t fare that badly ei­ther, with five years added to their life­spans. Other sports sur­veyed in­cluded swim­ming (3.4 years), cal­is­then­ics (3.1 years) and health club ac­tiv­i­ties (1.5 years). Re­searchers con­cluded the leisure­time sports that re­sulted in the most im­proved life­spans were those in­volv­ing the most so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, and that this find­ing war­ranted fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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