A study has shown that racquet sports can reduce the risk of premature death by 47 percent. Racquet sports beat out swimming, aerobic activity, and cycling. 80,306 participants with an average age of 52 were tracked for an average of 9 years. Football and jogging did not appear to affect mortality rate, but the results may have been skewed by the lower number of participants in those activities and inaccurate self-reporting. Less than half of the participants met the recommended weekly exercise quota.
- Football and running had little impact on mortality – a result possibly skewed by the lack of participants.
- Many other studies have found that runners live longer and suffer less heart disease.
- Fewer than half the people in the survey met the weekly physical activity quota recommended by health experts.
Researchers found a 43 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 per cent reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease among joggers.