It does so by keeping the heart muscles supple and the arteries flexible, which lowers the heart rates and boosts its ability to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the body’s tissues.
“As a result, people who get the recommended regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” explains the American Heart Association.
What’s more, endurance activities were also associated with increased life expectancy in the McMaster University study.
A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Ageing Research in 2012, confirmed that this finding was consistent with several other studies.
It reported that “all studies proved an increased life expectancy in endurance athletes ranging between 2.8 to 8.0 added years”.