Not exercising worse than smoking or heart disease, study reveals

A study that analyzed treadmill exercise tests of 120,000 patients shows that people with sedentary lifestyles have a 500% higher death risk than those categorized as being top exercise performers.

We've all heard that exercise is good for our health, and many of us have been told by the family doctor or occupational practitioner to exercise more. What most of us don't know is that not exercising and leading a sedentary lifestyle is worse for our health than smoking, diabetes or heart disease.

A study carried out in the United States and published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open retrospectively studied 120,000 patients who under went exercise treadmill testing at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic over the course of 24 years - from January 1, 1991, to December 31, 2014. And according to Dr. Wael Jaber, the author of the study, the findings were "extremely surprising": people with sedentary lifestyles had 500% higher risk associated with death than those categorized as being top exercise performers.

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