This popular sport can add 10 years to your life!

Grab your racket, balls, friends and get on the court!

It has been revealed that social sports can add years on to your life and there is ONE sport that stands out from the others…

(Hint: Serena Williams)

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Source: Libby Simpson

Social sport to expand your life span


Tennis players could live an average of 9.7 years longer than someone who does not exercise when compared to solitary exercise such as jogging who could live 3.2 years (which of course is better than nothing though!).

The study led by Saint Luke’s Health Centre in Kansas City researched the health and lifestyles of 8,577 people (adults aged between 20 and 93) in Copenhagen and found social sports may have extra benefits!

The researchers said that while raising the heart rate through exercise is important for longevity, connecting with other people is also vital.

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The research

When it came to the more solitary sports, they had less of an impact on people’s life expectancy – cyclists live an average of 3.7 years longer, swimmers 3.4 years and joggers just 3.2 years.

The researchers compared people’s lifestyle details, including how often they played each sport, if at all, with national death records.

The most popular sport in the study was cycling YET tennis players lived on average of 6 years LONGER!

Libby Butler used to hate sport and after The Healthy Mummy, she now LOVES it!

Researchers believe this is because of the social interaction of tennis as opposed to cycling.


Study author James O’Keefe told the New York Times, “Raising your heart rate is important, but it looks like connecting with other people is, too.” He suggests people who cycle or run alone could consider finding a partner or group to join them to boost the long-term health effects.

So stick to your exercise of choice and recruit a buddy to join you!

It’s all about the support. This mum said she reached her weight loss goals because of the support from other mums!

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!