Those people who sit at their desks scorning the smokers outside the window might have to swallow their snickers if they haven’t been working out. A new Cleveland Clinic study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that shunning exercise is more lethal than taking up smoking or having diabetes or even heart disease.1
The study involved 122,000 individuals who were followed between 1991 and 2014. Periodically, the subjects took aerobic fitness tests. The researchers found that those with the lowest cardiovascular fitness levels—in other words, the non-exercisers—had off-the-charts mortality rates compared to the most fit. In fact, those who exercised the most had a startling 500-percent lower risk of death than sedentary individuals.2 Those who exercised a moderate amount had nearly 400 percent lower death risk than those who exercised a little. The non-exercisers had double the mortality risk of those suffering from kidney failure who were on dialysis and triple the risk of smokers.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Wael Jaber, said, “Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker. We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.”
FGB Style: ( 3 rounds)
Overhead Squats 45/35/
Front Squats 45/35/
Rest 1 minute