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Olympian lifespan for all

As Olympics year comes to end, as the season of over indulgence reaches its midway point, so thoughts begin on what New Year’s resolutions we can break this year. Go to the gym, eat less junk and bad food, drink less, smoke less etc, etc.

For those considering serious New Year’s objectives though, it’s worth noting that as we do leave an Olympic year, so the longevity that Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, or so the experts say.

Research published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website, and quoted on the BBC website (original link below) suggests that Olympic athletes live an average 2.8 years longer than the average lifespan. Not much, perhaps, but the quality of life as a whole will also be much greater. Even longer life spans are enjoyed by those who partake in no-contact sports, including cycling and rowing.

The studies have gone back to the very first Games of the modern era in 1896, looking at over 25,000 athletes. However, before panicking that there is a need to get up at 6.00 in the morning and train for several hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of our lives, such drastic measures are not required. According to experts, the recommended amount of physical activity per week for adults is 150 minutes, or 2 and a half hours, of moderate to vigorous exercise. That’s 3 gym sessions, three bike rides, or 3 good walks.

Studies suggest people who manage the recommended amount or more live for up to several years longer than those that do not, and enjoy a more healthy life along the way.

So, if you are considering a New Year’s objective, try exercise, and enjoy similar health benefits and longevity that Olympians enjoy.


Please accept my apologies for the delay in blogging since the beginning of November – I’ll be more active in 2013 (an objective, not a resolution 😉


December 27, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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