STUDY: Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking
Get off the couch--your laziness is killing you! That’s the conclusion from a new study that found that a lack of exercise leads to as many deaths as smoking. More than five million people around the world die every year of laziness.
Researchers found that about a third of adults aren’t getting enough physical activity, which they say results in deadly health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Dr. Philippa Cheetham discussed the new study on today’s Studio B. She said that the study was done by 33 researchers looking at inactivity in 122 countries. “Unfortunately, the western countries and high-income earners are the ones that are the worst at doing any kind of activity.”
She said the key is to do cardiovascular exercise for at least 20 minutes three times a week to try to raise your heart rate. She also pointed out that it is not only about activity, but also about eating a healthy diet.