Your Sedentary Lifestyle is More Dangerous for Your Health Than Diabetes, Heart Disease and Smoking
It really shouldn’t surprise you to hear that a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for you. These days, we’re always being encouraged to get up and move around in the name of our health. That said, if you think that exercise’s health benefits stop at weight loss, you’re wrong. At least, that’s what a new study has to say.
The Danger of A Sedentary Lifestyle
Recent research revealed that the risk to your health and longevity from leading a sedentary lifestyle is widespread. In fact, it’s more dangerous to live with inadequate physical activity than it is to smoke, have diabetes, or have heart disease.
In the study, the researchers sought to determine the measure of the link between a long term sedentary lifestyle with longevity. They studied 122,007 patients, following them from January 1, 1991 through December 31, 2014. The patients were required to undergo treadmill testing. They were divided into five different fitness level groups.
The Sedentary Lifestyle Risk Study Findings
The researchers discovered an inverse link between cardio-respiratory health and the risk of death. What that means is that the people who participated in aerobic (cardio) fitness activities the most regularly were those with the lowest mortality risk. Among the main benefits of cardiovascular workouts on a regular basis include better overall cardio-respiratory health. The benefits were especially visible among people in older age groups as well as the people who had hypertension.
In fact, the people who were the least fit as reflected by the treadmill test due to the most sedentary lifestyle had the greatest risk of death, even when compared to people with hypertension, who are smokers, or who have diabetes.
Widespread Benefits to Regular Activity
Wael Jaber, M.D., study co-author, said that “With every increment of time spent on the treadmill during the exercise stress test, there is a benefit as far as mortality.”
This helps to illustrate why it’s extremely important to include physical activity in any healthy lifestyle. While food choices may play the largest role in your ability to lose weight, a sedentary lifestyle plays a critical role in your ability to be healthy. If you don’t start getting up and moving around, regardless of your weight, you will still experience serious risks of life threatening illnesses and will have the potential for a shorter lifespan.
Take the opportunity to leave your sedentary lifestyle behind you and move around regularly.