Life Spans of Olympic Athletes

Life Spans of Olympic Athletes A study published online at bmj.com found that Olympic medalists tend to live an average of 2.8 years longer than members of the general population when matched for age, country and gender.

What's surprising about this analysis of 15,174 Olympians who took home medals between 1896 and 2010 was the intensity of the sport didn't make that much of a difference. Endurance cyclists enjoyed about the same long-life advantages as golfers.

True Strength Moment: While participation in combat and contact sports did shorten lifespan, researchers suggest that physical activity and healthy lifestyle are the key to living as long as an Olympian. Anyone who's disciplined can do it.
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