“If you’re doing any exercise, that’s better than if you’re doing nothing,” said lead author Connor Sheehan, an assistant professor in ASU’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
“I wouldn’t go out of your way to adjust your lifestyle to the results of this study, because it might be harder for you to stretch than to play volleyball, for instance,” he said in a university news release.
And the team sport that was shown to have a negative effect on longevity will probably catch you by surprise: It’s baseball. Researchers suspect that owes to the culture of chewing tobacco that’s linked with the sport.
Football, a contact sport associated with development of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, was not associated with earlier death.
Researchers said the benefits of exercise were consistent across different social groups.
The takeaway: “I think what’s best is to just keep doing what you can consistently do, what you consistently enjoy doing,” Sheehan said.
The findings were published in the July issue of the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
There’s more about exercise and longevity at AARP.