A study recently published in the journal JAMA Network had some startling findings about what not exercising is really doing to us. According to the study conclusions, leading a sedentary lifestyle is likely worse for your health than a smoking habit. What’s more, that kind of exercise-free existence is akin to having a serious disease. The good news? Exercise is the cure.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 people between 1991 and 2014. Participants were tested on treadmills, with mortality rates later recorded. Strong links were established between those capable of higher levels of exercise and longer, healthier lives. But it’s the study’s conclusion about the inverse relationship between sedentary lifestyles and shorter lifespans that’s so striking. One of the study’s co-authors told CNN that poor fitness on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test is associated with a worse prognosis in terms of mortality than having hypertension, being diabetic, or having a smoking habit.
The report encouraged health care providers to promote the benefits of consistent exercise to their patients. And we are absolutely on board.
It’s not just that exercise will make you feel better, look better, sleep better, and live better, with more energy and a happier outlook. It’s that the alternative – not exercising – is so dire.
Here’s How to Get Started
If the goal is a longer, healthier life, jumping headfirst into fitness may not be the best move, particularly if you’re new to the idea. That’s where a personal trainer can be a sound investment. The certified trainers here at Framework Personal Training, a private, by-appointment studio here in Reno, can work with you to create a customized plan from which you’ll reap major benefits. Our trainers have extensive education and experience, making the highly qualified to work with people from all walks of life. It all starts with a consultation, where you can meet your trainer, share your goals and reservations, and make a plan.
The Bottom Line
There is many, many benefits to a consistent exercise program, and this study is proof that serious consequences arise from not exercising. It sounds dramatic, but our sedentary lifestyles are killing us. And the cure is exercise. So consider this a sign – between the holiday season, New Year’s reservations, and another shiny new year ahead, now is the time to take responsibility for your lifestyle. Now is the time to contact the trainers at Framework Personal Training.