Sitting around is worse than smoking

Lack of exercise worse for your health than smoking bad diet study finds

Lack of exercise worse for your health than smoking bad diet study finds

In those over the age of 70, elite performers had a almost 30 percent reduced risk of mortality compared to high performers. But a new study goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.

Either way, he said that lack of physical fitness should be considered as being on par with hypertension, diabetes and smoking when it comes to health risk factors. "We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this". Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States.

As such, Jaber said, "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.

Most fit individuals did the best in this study; once individuals are cleared by their physicians they should not be anxious or afraid of exercise intensity, says Metzl.

"There is no level of exercise or fitness that exposes you to risk", he said.

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When the subgroups were analyzed by comorbidities, all-cause mortality inversely related to cardiorespiratory fitness and was lowest in the elite performers.

However, according to the study, individual patients should always check with their healthcare provider before starting an exercise programme. Overall, the authors estimated that poor fitness raised the risk of dying by the same degree or greater as other major risk factors, like cardiovascular disease or smoking. Those that did not perform very well on the treadmill testing were found to have had nearly double the risk of people with kidney failure on dialysis.

"If you compare the risk of sitting versus the highest performing on the exercise test, the risk is about three times higher than smoking", Jaber explained. Women seemed to benefit more in terms of health when they included exercise in their routines.

The study found that increased cardiorespiratory fitness was directly associated with reduced long-term mortality, with no limit on the positive effects of aerobic fitness. "Sedentary, Western lifestyles have lead to a higher incidence in heart disease and this shows that it's modifiable". "We're meant to walk, run, exercise". Doctors have become good at treating patients with prescriptions for the symptoms of CVD, but these events can be treated.

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