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
Researchers found that there’s no limit to the benefits of exercise.

(CNN) - A new study shows fitness is not only good for you, but it leads to a longer life. Those with a sedentary lifestyle, are at a 500 percent higher chance of premature death than those who are extremely fit.

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

So you don't smoke, stay away from junk food, and don't have any serious medical conditions.

But are you exercising?

That could be the most important factor in living a long and healthy life.

The notion that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for you has been around for a while, spawning adaptions like standing desks and even treadmills at work stations in the office.

But now, authors of a study published in the journal Jama Network Open, found avoiding aerobic exercise and fitness is worse for you than smoking, diabetes, and even heart disease.

Researchers studied just over 122,000 patients who underwent exercise treadmill testing between 1991 and 2014, to chart the mortality benefits of fitness and exercise.

The results were shocking.

“Ultra” exercisers, or the extremely fit, weren’t putting themselves at a higher risk for death due to excessive workouts.

In fact, researchers found out quite the opposite, that there’s no limit to the benefits of exercise.

They also learned just how bad a sedentary life and being unfit can be for you.

Those who performed poorly on the treadmill, had almost double the mortality risk as someone on dialysis.

The good news though, is that anyone, no matter what age, can start walking, or running, to a longer life, right now.

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