Swimming, aerobics, racquet sports slash risk of death, study says

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  • A study says exercise reduces the risk of death by 28%
  • Swimming, racquet sports and aerobics decreased mortality risk the most

(CNN)Doctors often recommend daily physical activity, but does exercise actually help us live longer? And are certain sports healthier than others? A new study suggests that exercise can slash your risk of death by 28%, and certain activities may be even more beneficial.

Dr. Pekka Oja of the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research in Finland was curious about the idea.
    "There is plenty of evidence showing that physical activity is good for our health," said Oja, lead author of the study published Tuesday in BMJ. "But (the World Health Organization) recommends generic physical activity, without specifics. We were interested in how sports could contribute to health and how different sport disciplines could benefit health."
    Oja and his co