A study by Oxford University, and researchers in Finland and Australia, followed more than 80,000 adults aged 30 and over in England and Scotland for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.
It found that people who played racket sports regularly were the least likely to die over the study period, reducing their individual risk by 47%. As well as the benefits to overall mortality, the researchers found that playing racket sports was associated with a 56% lower risk from heart death.
So what’s so good about Racket Sport?
We all know that sport is good for your health, helping keep weight down, lowering blood pressure and improving heart and lung function.
The scientists say the difference may lie in the social aspect which goes alongside sports like tennis and squash, which often involve clubs and organised activities outside of the game. It means that people often have larger social networks and tend to keep up activities into later life, both of which are proven to be good for health.
So here’s our five top reasons to take up Racket Sport
- A GREAT CALORIE BURNER
One hour on court burns around 600 calories and because you are having so much fun you hardly notice.
- A WHOLE-BODY WORKOUT
All that running, stopping, starting, jumping and crouching gives the lower body a good workout. Then add in all that hitting which keeps your trunk, shoulders and upper back toned.
- A GOOD WORKOUT FOR THE HEART
Playing racket sport regularly improves your heart and lung health, and reduces your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
- EXERCISES THE GREY MATTER
Tennis keeps your mind agile as well because you need to stay focused on the ball, judge which balls to return or leave and decide, in a split second, which shot to make.
- KEEP YOU HEALTHIER FOR LONGER
Taking part in a course or joining a club will open up a whole new social network to play doubles with. These friendships will last a lifetime and ensure you keep active well into old age.
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