Not Exercising is Worse For You Than Diabetes, Smoking, and Heart Disease

Exercise or DIE! Seriously. Not exercising is really, really bad.

October 19, 2018

I will admit, I am naturally a slug. Back in elementary school, I used to fail gym. My ideal day off involves copious napping. If I had to pick a spirit animal, it would probably be a sloth.


However, a new study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open has come to the conclusion that living a sedentary lifestyle is actually worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. Wael Jaber, who is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and also senior author of the study, spoke with CNN and called the results "extremely surprising."

He says, "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 smoke...We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this."

This is the quote that really grabbed me, "People who do not perform very well on a treadmill test," Jaber said, "have almost double the risk of people with kidney failure on dialysis."

Those kinds of stats will scare anyone into a gym membership. Dr. Jaber says that being unfit "should be treated almost as a disease that has a prescription, which is called exercise."

You can read more about their findings here. In the meantime, I'm gonna go look for my workout clothes...