A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, evaluated the differential improvements in life expectancy associated with participation in various sports.
The study involved 8,577 participants who were followed for up to 25 years for all-cause mortality.
Relative risks were calculated using cox proportional hazards models with full adjustment for confounding variables.
The study noted: “Multivariable-adjusted life expectancy gains compared with the sedentary group for different sports were as follows: 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; and health club activities, 1.5 years.”
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