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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”

It's common knowledge that there are many benefits to being fit, but one large new study found that skipping out on the gym is practically the worse thing you can do for your health. Jaber said that the study proves that health professionals need to be stressing the importance of exercise and that being unfit should be considered to have the same negative consequences of other diseases.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in the USA have found that better cardiorespiratory fitness leads to better longevity, regardless of age, with no limit on the positive effects of aerobic fitness. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States.

Previously researchers have been concerned with the idea of over exercising or "ultra" exercises and that those who excessively exercise might be at a higher risk of death, but this study found that not to be the case. "Everyone should be encouraged to achieve and maintain high fitness levels", said Wael Jaber, cardiologist at the institute. And in the current study, even people with below average levels of fitness were much less likely to die than those with the worst fitness. "Once cleared by their physicians, patients shouldn't be afraid of exercise intensity".

More than $200 billion is spent per year within the US 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. Compared to those in the top percentile those with sedentary lifestyles were associated with 500% increased risk for death. Women seemed to benefit more in terms of health when they included exercise in their routines.

The authors write, "Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality with no observed upper limit of benefit".

Those that exercised minimally still had a 390 per cent higher risk associated with death compared to those that regularly exercised.

For patients, especially those who live a sedentary lifestyle, Jaber said, "You should demand a prescription from your doctor for exercise".

It's nearly as if humans were meant to walk and run.

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