An inactive life is worse than a cigarette-filled one.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,000 patients on treadmill tests from 1991 to 2014 and compared their mortality rates.
The results showed higher levels of exercise, especially cardiovascular fitness, results lead to a longer, healthier life.
Basically, an inactive life is like having a serious disease. The cure, get off the couch.
Scoring unfit on a treadmill or exercise fitness test is more detrimental than having diabetes, hypertension or smoking, the study revealed.
“Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in older patients and those with hypertension,” according to the study.
“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,” Dr Wael Jaber, co-author of the study, told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.”