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Olympian lifespan is possible for all

The longevity lifespan that Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, doctors say.Olympian lifespan is possible for allResearch Survival of the fittest: retrospective cohort study of the longevity of Olympic medallists in the modern era published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan.

The research indicated those who took part in non-contact sports such as cycling, rowing and tennis enjoyed the longest life of all.

But the general population could have a similar “survival advantage” by doing a little more exercise, experts said.

The conclusion by two public health professors came after they reviewed two studies of Olympic athletes published by the BMJ website.

The studies looked at the lifespan and health of 25,000 athletes who competed in Games dating back to 1896.

Those taking part in contact sports such as boxing had the least advantage, while cyclists and rowers enjoyed the best health.

But the researchers also found those who played lower intensity sports such as golf enjoyed a boost.

Possible explanations put forward for the finding included genetic and lifestyle factors and the wealth and status that comes with sporting success.

The recommended level of physical activity for adults is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week.

Studies suggest people who manage that amount or more live for up to several years longer than those that do not.

Writing for the BMJ website, the professors said: “Although the evidence points to a small survival effect of being an Olympian, careful reflection suggests that similar health benefits and longevity could be achieved by all of us through regular physical activity.

“We could and should all award ourselves that personal gold medal.”

But they said governments were still not doing enough to promote the benefits of physical activity, calling it a “public health failure”.

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More than half of over 40s are overweight

Some 52 per cent of people over the age of 40 say they are too heavy, compared with 40 per cent of younger people- but most are reluctant to try to lose weight through exercise.More than half of over 40s are overweightJust one in ten over 50s meet the recommended target of moderate exercise, such as fast walking, for half an hour, five times a week and a third admit to doing none whatsoever, the survey for Saga Health Insurance found.

While 37 per cent of over 50s who do not exercise said they were physically unable to, 31 per cent said they were not motivated to get fitter and 22 per cent described themselves as “too lazy”.

Of the over 50s who do exercise regularly, more than half said walking was their main form of exercise while 13 per cent swim and 10 per cent choose to cycle.

The Populus survey, which also included questions about participants’ diet, found that a third of over 50s eat the recommended five proportions of fruit and vegetable a day, compared with just a fifth of under-50s.

Fourteen per cent of the older group said they regularly exceed the recommended 21 units of alcohol per week, compared with just eight per cent of younger people.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive of Saga Services, said: “Whilst the over 50s tend to get it right with healthy eating, what they appear to need is something to motivate them to exercise.”


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World’s fastest athlete trusts our health supplements

The world’s fastest athlete Michael Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals.World's fastest athlete trusts our health supplementsJohnson currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m and 4 x 400 meters relay. He formerly held the world and Olympic record in the 200 m, and the world record in the Indoor 400 m.

He also currently holds the world’s best time at the 300 m. His 200 m time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for over 12 years. Johnson is generally considered one of the greatest long sprinters in the history of track and field.

He is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200 m and 400 m events at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Johnson is also the only man to successfully defend his Olympic title in the 400 m. Aside from his Olympic success Johnson accumulated eight gold medals at World Championships, and is thus tied with Carl Lewis for the most gold medals won by any runner in history.

In 1997 Johnson began appearing in Nike television advertisements in which he was billed as “the world’s fastest man” as a result of his 200 m world record.

This was despite the fact that the 100 metres world record holder, at the time Donovan Bailey (Canada), was typically given that unofficial title, but Johnson’s clocking of 19.32s (10.35 m/s) en route to breaking the 200 metre world record at the 1996 Olympics led many to consider him the fastest man in the world.

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