Is Long-Term Intensity Damaging?

Is Long-Term Intensity Damaging? A lot of people are committed to realizing the benefits of regular exercise, but many assume that long-term intense exercise isn't such a healthy practice. A study published in the journal Behavioural Sciences compared the lifespan of 834 Tour de France competitors to the general population. While the average Joe can expect to live approximately 73.5 years Tour de France riders who raced between 1930 and 1964 outpaced them by posting an impressive 81.5 year average lifespan.

True Strength Moment: If you're a serious competitor, very intense exercise like a 3-week long bike race is in your blood. Competing at such a demanding level requires intense year-round training and an unshakable determination to win out against all odds. From this study, it appears that the competitive spirit lives on long after a cyclist retires from competition.
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