the best medicine and the closest thing there is to a fountain
of youth. Any exercise can help you live longer, but new
research shows some exercises can help you live longer than
study actually found that the team sports, the sports where
you had some social connectivity, actually produced a greater
longevity than those individual sports,” says Dr. Ed
Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.
a recent study shows people who play social sports like tennis
or soccer tend to live longer than those who participate in
individual sports like swimming or running.
But even among
social sports, racquet sports like tennis appear to extend
life the most.
He thinks one
possible reason is that racquet sports are great for what’s
known as interval training.
playing a point, you may have 30 seconds of very intense
activity followed by a recovery period,” Laskowski says.
“So we’re finding that that type of activity is very
efficient at training the body, and a lot of times those …
short bouts of more intense activity produce greater
efficiency and actually a greater training effect.”
says if running or swimming alone is your thing, stick to it.
You’ll still live longer than without exercise.
But if you take
up a racquet sport like tennis, one study says you may live