At 100 Year Lifestyle we’ve long advocated fresh air, sunshine, and exercise as being key components to a long and healthy life. But the fact is, some sports have been identified as adding more years to your life than others. At the top of the list is tennis which, according to research, can increase participant life expectancy by 9.7 years when compared to more sedentary peers. In the case of Phillip Allman Jr., he didn’t begin playing until he was 70, but at 99 he’s still going strong. Loving a sport or activity can not only add life to your years, but we now have proof that it can add years to your life!
Age may be just a number, like points in a friendly game of doubles tennis. But competition or no, someone still winds up on top.
Ninety-nine-year-old Phillip Allman Jr. plants his sneakers behind the baseline, gives the tennis ball a few preparatory bounces, then sends it aloft. The serve lands wide, so he digs another ball from his pocket and returns to position. He tosses, swings and connects with a solid “thwank.” The serve is good and a lively, four-man volley ensues. Game on, keep reading.