You can probably win some major bucks with the answer to this question. Not only was this idea fun to research, but I was really surprised at the results!
As you would probably predict, athletes who engage in training and sports that use isotonic exercise (moving the arms and most importantly, the legs, i.e., running), rather than isometric exercise (muscular contractions without much motion, i.e., weight lifting) win.
Believe it or not, here’s the list on the average life span:
- Professional Football Lineman – 52 years
- Professional Boxer – 61 years
- Professional Sumo Wrestler – 62 years*
- Professional Baseball Player – 64 years
- Professional Track & Field Athlete – 77 years
- Professional Basketball Player (NBA) — not enough data to predict
Like I recommend in The OptiLIFE Health Program™, walking and running are the best exercises that you can do for your heart, your waistline and ultimately, your life-line.
* I was stunned at this life span until I studied the sport. The lifestyle of the Sumo Wrestler is as unique as it is demanding.
Dr Ken Romeo is a forensic scientist and board-certified physician. His research interests are in the fields of experimental criminology, crimes of drug diversion, fraud and financial crimes. He has conducted field experiments on finding ways to reduce drug diversion by health care workers and detect financial crimes in the US health care system. In conjunction with governmental authorities, Dr Romeo is currently developing new methods and tools for detecting physician and pharmacy driven drug diversion at the earliest stages.