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Not Exercising Is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking, Says Study

Not Exercising Is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking, Says Study Not Exercising Is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking, Says Study
Melissa Porter | 24 October, 2018, 10:33

It turns out the only thing worse for you than getting up and going outside for a smoke could be not getting up what so ever.

. "We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this", the study's co-author, Dr. Wael Jaber, told CNN. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, 'extremely surprising.' According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death.

The risk associated with poor cardiorespiratory fitness was comparable to or even exceeded that of traditional clinical risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and smoking.

The participants of this study went through health tests at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic between 1991 and 2014. The lowest exercise group accounted for only 12 percent of the total participants. The results were published in the JAMA Network Open medical journal on Friday. The study measured all-cause mortality relating to the benefits of fitness and exercise.

More importantly, Jaber advises that the research seems to intimate that fitness, in general, leads to a longer life and that there is no limit to the benefits [of aerobic exercise]. Jaber said that being sedentary now should be considered to be "a disease that has a prescription, which is called exercise".

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

There is no argument that exercise is good for you, but exactly what benefits-and how much benefit-you receive are somewhat up for debate.

"Cardiorespiratory fitness is a modifiable indicator of long-term mortality, and health care professionals should encourage patients to achieve and maintain high levels of fitness", said the researchers. "We all know that a sedentary lifestyle or being unfit has some risk". The researchers looked at the possibility of diehard gym rats and marathoners being at risk from pushing themselves too hard, but found that there's no link between an abundance of exercise and an early grave.

Comparing somebody who doesn't exercise much to somebody who exercises regularly, he said, still showed a risk 390 percent higher. Sure, exercise contributes to better health, but not all workouts are the same, and different bodies benefit from different types of exercise.

Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity. But that isn't to say that exercise is only for people who are hoping to run a marathon.