Running and life expectancy
by on Thursday, July 23, 2015  (2 comments)

Does sports participation give you a longer life?

That's what this article asks. The result?

The data here seems to suggest that participation in aerobic activity has a positive impact on overall life expectancy. Further, participation in these activities may delay the development of heart disease. While this is encouraging, more research should be done on the subject to detail if this increase in life expectancy and disease resistance is due to the activity in question or some other factor like genetics or other lifestyles.



The study participants were former elite athletes so the carryover may not be quite there to average athletes. Or maybe it is. More study would be needed.

That said, there is an interesting chart showing former endurance athletes have a median life expectancy roughly 6 years longer than that of the controls.

I think this confirms what most of us would tend to believe. Our extensive aerobic activity provides health benefits that extend our lives. That said, as the quote above mentions, it would be nice to see further study done to determine what factors actually extend our lives and maybe even quantify them.

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cesar

That is great! But I bet that most people in this forum are running for the benefits it provides on a day to day basis,competitive reasons, and what running makes you feel instead a very long term benefits such as life expancy!

I see health benefits, life expancy, etc. as a bonus.

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Ryan

Cesar, I also suspect most people here are running for reasons other than a longer life but it's nice to see that the benefit I'm sure many of us would expect and appreciate looks to be real based on this result.

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