Being Sedentary is More Deadly Than Smoking


As reported by The Daily Mail: "The findings were based on the retrospective study of 122,007 patients over the course of 23 years, between 1991 and 2014. The results concluded that '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.'

Breaking down the results, researchers found that people with sedentary lifestyles had 500% higher risk associated with death than those categorized as being top exercise performers. Those that exercised minimally still had a 390% higher risk associated with death compared to those that regularly exercised.

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

According to the physician who supervised the study: "There actually is no ceiling for the benefit of exercise, including in the case of 'ultra' exercisers, who are sometimes said to be at higher risk of death due to the extremes they push their bodies."

I could definitely do a lot better when it comes to offsetting the sedentary aspects of my lifestyle. And since we are on this topic, I would like to recommend OrangeTheory Fitness to anyone who hasn't tried it yet. Since I started in 2015, I have been much more heart-healthy. It is life-changing and the benefits are pretty endless. 

Jason Taylor

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