Straight from the "duh" bin comes the report that Olympians live longer than the rest of us. Seriously, this is according to two recent studies, which cost money. And time.
Who didn't know this already: all of that physical health and training, regardless of sport, results in extra years. The reports also confirm the fact that the best athletes in the world are indeed among the healthiest as well. Nooooo way! LOLz!
Seriously, this is blowing our minds that anyone would look into this. They also found that fitness translates into a survival advantage as well. You've got to be kidding us with this!
The first study looked at the life expectancy of 15,174 Olympians from the top medal-earning countries including the U.S., Germany, Nordic nations, Russia, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The athletes all received at least one medal during Games between 1896 and 2010 and were compared to general population groups matched by age, country and gender. Overall, the Olympic medalists lived an average of 2.8 years longer than the public in eight of the nine countries in a 30-year followup.
They even checked to see if the color of the medal mattered. It did not.
Here's what one of the study authors says:
“To put this survival advantage into some perspective, it is almost as large as the difference in life expectancy between men and women, so male Olympic medalists can expect to live almost as long as the average woman in the general population."
He probably followed this up with, "Everybody knew this was the case anyway, so it was an easy study. More like a vacation for us."
This study didn't look into why this happens, though. Probably because even more people would catch on that they weren't really doing any work. We'll solve it for you right now: Olympians are healthier than every other person!
The second study was a bit more interesting, and found that training at high or moderate intensities provides no greater benefit for life span than low-intensity programs.
That's probably because you're still super healthy regardless of how you got there!
In other news, we're anxiously awaiting their next study's findings: NASCAR Drivers More Likely To Drive Cars.
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