It’s no surprise to read that exercise is good for you and your health. But did you realise how terrible not exercising can be? Recent research indicates that a sedentary lifestyle could be worse for your health than smoking, diabetes or heart disease.
If you’re reading this, you’ve likely got a healthy interest in fitness and appreciate the value of regular exercise. Whatever you do, stick with it because new research indicates that those who cut out physical activity may cut their life short.
Led by a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr Wael Jaber, the study looked at data from 122,000 patients. Researchers identified the link between cardiorespiratory fitness and long-term mortality, highlighting how increased cardio fitness goes hand-in-hand with longer life.
According to Jaber, the dosage of exercise is akin to giving medication, and the higher the dose of medication, the greater the effect.
While we’ve long known the benefits of fitness, what is surprising about this study is that it reveals there is no limit to the benefit of aerobic exercise. The researchers were not able to identify a tipping point where increased cardiac fitness starts to impact longevity negatively. It seems that the fitter you are, the better.
Another positive finding from the study is that increased longevity from higher levels of fitness is something that can be enjoyed by all, as the benefits of aerobic exercise were not unique to any specific age group or gender.
This is excellent news because it indicates that anyone can modify – even reverse – the long-term adverse effects of sedentary life; all it takes is the right exercise prescription.