A lot is said about exercise and how it’s good for you. As clichéd a narrative it is, it is rooted in good reason. After all, exercise can help you live longer.

So, does the key to longevity lie in the occasional swim or the odd yoga routine in your living room? While these may certainly enhance your mental health, alleviate your anxiety, boost your libido and provide mental stimulation, increasing your lifespan is tied to regular exercise – and lots of it.

Regular exercise can not only improve your quality of life but also increase your lifespan by slowing ageing and keeping you fit for longer. However, research shows not all sports have equal impact on longevity. Some, like swimming, aerobics and tennis, are more potent than others.

The impact of sports delays your meeting with death

A study conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that swimming, aerobics and tennis can ward off the risk of early death from stroke and heart disease.

The study covered 80,306 adults with an average age of 52, over a 14-year period, to gauge the effect of exercise on health and longevity. It traced a correlation between respondents’ sports habits and overall health. Expectedly, respondents with irregular fitness schedules demonstrated a higher likelihood of early death. However, the study presented some interesting facts about specific sports. It revealed that players of racket sports like tennis, squash and badminton had a 47% less chance of early death than their non-exercising counterparts. Likewise, swimmers, aerobics practitioners, and cyclists had a 28% less, 27% less and 15% less chance of early death respectively, than those without an exercise routine. While other activities were not explicitly covered for statistical correlation, researchers agreed that any form of regular exercise could contribute to a longer lifespan. More specifically, the study showed that racket sports players, swimmers and aerobics enthusiasts were less likely to succumb to cardiovascular diseases by 59%, 41% and 36% respectively.

All work and no play make for a very unhealthy and unhappy man

If you’re caught in a sedentary lifestyle, making a change to include sports in your life doesn’t have to be hard. Start small with something that you enjoy. Perhaps you’re the kind that resonates with dance, or maybe you’re a decades-old tennis aficionado whose rigor – and racket – has begun to rust. Whatever your interest, make time for it after work or on the weekends. Once you get into the groove, it’ll become an organic, easy part of your lifestyle.

Sport at OurHealthMate

Being connected to devices for longer duration and even-longer work days, fewer people make an effort to venture beyond the four walls of their cubicle; a pathway to early burnout and possibly, early death. At OurHealthMate, our corporate wellness programs are designed to integrate sports into the workplace. We tailor our activity repertoire in line with employees’ needs and interests and keep an equal focus on fitness and fun in every session. Our experience has shown us that workplace sports initiatives can boost productivity, elevate well-being and reduce illness-linked absenteeism.

There’s an adage that perfectly befits the lives of contemporary corporate mavens, “the days are long, but the years are short.” With OurHealthMate’s wellness programs, the years can be just as long.


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