A new research has revealed that athletes living with over 2.8 years of life expectancy. The study indicates that participants in sports competitions cycling, rowing or tennis get to enjoy the highest life expectancy.
The good news, say the scientists, is that the general population could reach such performance by making more physical exercise. Experts came to this conclusion after analyzing two studies conducted on Olympic athletes.
Studies on life expectancy and health of 25,000 athletes took part in sporting competitions since 1896.
The small benefit in terms of longevity, they had practiced those contact sports, while cycling practitioners, for example, obtained the best results in tests on the health.
Furthermore, two studies showed that those who embraced lower intensity sports such as golf.
A possible explanation for this phenomenon could include genetic factors influencing life expectancy and income or status it has a successful athlete. However, experts suggest that ordinary people could live as much as Olympic athletes if are willing to practice 150 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.
Studies suggest that people who fail to maintain this level of sportsmanship can live a few years longer than everyone else.