Can lack of exercise kill you faster than smoking?


New Study states that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease



We’ve all heard about the many benefits of exercise time and time again. Most people find it difficult to find the time and energy to get ourselves outside to regularly exercise. But how bad is it really if we don’t? New research showing the deadly effects of a sedentary life style might help give us that extra boost of motivation with its astounding figures of mortality comparing it to other known diseases and killers.


Statistics Canada’s report from 2012-2016, puts it at the second leading cause of death in Canada, preceded by Cancer. Not too far below that, taking the sixth place is Diabetes. As we all know, a sedentary lifestyle or being unfit has some risk to our health, but did you know that it could be worse for your health than smoking, having diabetes and/or heart disease?



Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis or forecast, as far as death, than having high blood pressure, being diabetic or being a current smoker says Dr. Wael Jaber, cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and senior author of the whopping 122,007 participant study. The study gathering data from 1991 to 2014, has reinforced the beliefs that being unfit should be treated as a disease that has a prescription called exercise.


So just how much more dangerous is it to not exercise? The lead researcher Dr. Jaber Wael found that those with a sedentary lifestyle were 500% times more likely to have an early death than those from the highest levels of exercise. That’s about three times worse than smoking!



Another big revelation from the research is that fitness leads to longer life, and that there is no limit to its benefits. So, before you lose hope thinking about what you had last night for dinner, know that it’s reversible. Dr. Satjit Bhusri of Lenox Hill Hospital says that our incidence or risk is modifiable and that negative outcomes our preventable. In his words “we’re meant to walk, run, [and] exercise. It’s all about getting up and moving.”


Looking for a quick way to get started on exercising? See our article on a quick 13-min exercise routine to get you started and start your way to good health! (


Also, don’t forget that measuring your bodies progress through Dexa Scanning is the most accurate way to see your bodies body composition and physical changes! (


So, what are you waiting for? Get up and Move!





[Pull Quote] “Comparing those with a sedentary lifestyle to the top exercise performers [in the study], he said, the risk associated with death is 500% higher."




Written By: Hamza Furmli

Bachelor of Health Sciences, Class of 2020

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