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Why Playing a Sport Should Be Your New Workout


People who play a sport are more likely to stay healthy and fit as they age, according to a new study published in BMJ Open, compared to those who do other types of physical activity. Finding a sport you love early in life—and playing it often—may be the key to staying active in your 70s, 80s and beyond.

The transition from middle age to old age is often one of slowing down. Retirement or injuries, for example, can lead to major life changes and affect the amount of physical activity a person gets on a regular basis.

Yet staying active is vital to preserving mental and physical health—and the ability to live independently—as people age.

Daniel Aggio, a doctoral…

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