No Exercise is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking and Diabetes

Not exercising may be more harmful to your health than smoking, according to a new study. How often do you work out?

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A new study found that skipping exercise may be worse for your health than originally thought. In fact, the study suggests that it is even more harmful than smoking, as reported by CNN.

These findings, published Oct. 19 in the journal JAMA Network Open, detail how researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 patients from 1991 to 2014, putting them under treadmill testing and later recording mortality rates. The researchers found a clear connection between regular exercise and a longer, healthier life. The report calls for health care professionals to encourage patients to maintain a regular exercise routine.

“Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality with no observed upper limit of benefit,” the study says. “Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in older patients and those with hypertension.”

While I’m sure we have all heard of the benefits of exercise, this study concludes that no exercise is the equivalent of having a “major disease.” Dr. Wael Jaber, co-author of the study, said the results are surprising.

“Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker,” Jaber told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.”

The study also looked at the risks of being overactive; the research found that the more a person exercises, the lower their mortality rates.

“There is no level of exercise or fitness that exposes you to risk,” Jaber explained. “We can see from the study that the ultra-fit still have lower mortality.”

Jaber said researchers must now convey the risks to the general population that “being unfit should be considered as strong of a risk factor as hypertension, diabetes and smoking – if not stronger than all of them.”

Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist who was not involved in the study, told CNN that this study reinforces what we already know. “Sedentary, Western lifestyles have led to a higher incidence in heart disease and this shows that its modifiable. It’s reversible,” he explained. “We’re meant to walk, run, exercise. It’s all about getting up and moving.”

Are you inspired to get fit? Read more about this story on CNN here.

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Not exercising may be more harmful to your health than smoking, according to a new study. How often do you work out?

74% 3+ days/week
26% Like never
72% 3+ days/week
28% Like never
76% 3+ days/week
24% Like never

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