Want to Live a Longer Life? Try Exercising with a Friend

What is your daily office routine like? For many of us, it may involve sitting in front of a computer all day. Although it’s easy to lose track of the time we spend sitting, studies have shown this is harmful to our health. Research has linked sitting for long periods with negative health issues, including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

While it’s important to find ways to stay active during the work day, it’s equally critical to exercise when you’re away from work.

According to a new Mayo Clinic study, you need an active hobby – and one done with friends is best.

The study found that adults who participated in tennis or other team sports lived longer than people who took part in healthy, but often solo activities like jogging, cycling and swimming. For example, tennis was linked to 9.7 added years of life compared to 3.2 years for those who run.

There’s no doubt that any form of exercise is beneficial for overall well-being, but the social aspects of team sports could play a crucial role as well.

So, if you’re a runner like me, does this mean you should take up tennis? You certainly could, but I think it’s important to always do what you love first. If that’s running, try joining a local running group or working out with your partner or friend. It will be a great way to make sure you maintain good overall health and stay connected to the people you love.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/want-live-longer-life-try-exercising-friend-karen-s-lynch