Not Exercising Is Worse For Your Health Than Smoking, Study Finds


Comparing those with a sedentary lifestyle to the top exercise performers, he said, the risk associated with death is "500% higher".

A new study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open, proved that a sedentary lifestyle kills more people than bad habits and disease. He says we need to warn that simply being unfit (out of shape) should be considered just as strong a risk factor for mortality as diabetes, smoking, and hypertension.

The findings, he said, were by far the most "pronounced" and "objective" ever seen and were 'extremely surprising'.

Where previous research suggested that overdoing it can increase the risk of death, this study claims that this is not the case - to the point that the senior author of the paper said that there is "no level of exercise or fitness that exposes you to risk". But in recent years, there's actually been evidence that elite athletes and other heavy exercisers might paradoxically be at greater risk of some heart conditions than the average person, such as an irregular heartbeat, clogged arteries, and thickened heart valves.

When the subgroups were analyzed by comorbidities, all-cause mortality inversely related to cardiorespiratory fitness and was lowest in the elite performers. "Once cleared by their physicians, patients shouldn't be afraid of exercise intensity".

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Meanwhile, those that didn't do well on the treadmill test were said to have nearly two times the health risks as those with kidney failure on dialysis.

More than $200 billion is spent per year within the United States of America on CVD and diabetes; rather than paying huge amounts of money for disease treatment patients and communities should be heavily encouraged to be active and exercise daily explains Dr. Jordan Metzl; adding a big revelation from research is that fitness leads to longer and healthier lives, with no known limits to the benefits of aerobic exercise, as a study has shown that ultra exercisers are not at risks. Jaber noted that the participants that did not perform well on the treadmill test have double the risk of mortality than patients on dialysis because of kidney failure. No age limit has been found that will not benefit from being physically active.

The benefits of exercise were seen across all ages in both men and women.

In fact, they found that those who were unfit in the treadmill had worse prognosis in regard to death risk compared to smokers, those who are hypertensive, or those who have diabetes.

American experts urge to demand from doctors a "prescription" for exercise.