It is common knowledge that there are many benefits to being fit, but a big new study found that skipping gymnasiums is practically the worst thing you can do for your health.
Indeed, the study claims not to do sports
New results published in the JAMA Network Open on Friday show researchers at the Cleveland Clinic from 1991 to 2014 examining 122,007 patients, testing them on treadmill tests and later recorded mortality rates. Researchers found a clear link between a longer, healthier life and a high level of exercise. The report urges healthcare professionals to encourage patients to achieve and maintain a robust fitness routine
"Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality without an upper limit of benefit being observed," the study said. "Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in elderly and hypertensive patients."
Although it is well known that an active lifestyle can lead to a healthy life, the study concludes that a sedentary lifestyle is the equivalent of a serious illness and the easiest cure is exercise.
Dr. Wael Jaber, co-author of the study, called the results surprising.
"Disabled on a treadmill or in a stress test has a worse prognosis in terms of death than that it is hypertensive, diabetic or smoker," Jaber told CNN. "We have never seen anything so explicit and as objective as this."
The study also looked at the risk of overactivity and found that "ultra" exercisers have no greater risk of death: research has consistently found that the more a person exercises the lower mortality rates.