Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Not Exercising? You’re Better Off Smoking!

How’s that for a headline? New research says diabetes and even heart disease doesn’t do as much damage to your health as not exercising.

In an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Robert’s father-in-law principal says he asks students he catches smoking, “Why don’t you just drink poison?” The same question, apparently, might be appropriate for people who are not exercising.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that better cardiorespiratory fitness was linked to living longer.

Well, sure. We all know that, right? 

What many of us hadn’t really realized, however, was another key finding they uncovered:

The study also said the risk posed by not exercising were the same or higher than traditional risk factors such as smoking or diabetes.

The study focused on more than 121,000 patients over a 24-year period. Those patients underwent exercise treadmill testing at Cleveland Clinic between Jan. 1, 1991, and Dec. 31, 2014.

“Increased cardiorespiratory fitness was directly associated with reduced long-term mortality, with no limit on the positive effects of aerobic fitness,” the study states.

In layman’s terms, I’m pretty sure that means that when it comes to aerobics, the phrase “too much of a good thing” doesn’t apply.

And even older people don’t catch a break from the dreaded aerobic exercise: “Extreme aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest benefit, particularly in older patients (70 and older) and in those with hypertension.”

I know that I really need to get back into the habit of exercise. I’m approaching the big 5-0, that birthday that everyone celebrates with black decorations that make you feel like you already have one foot in the grave.

I’d like to make it 100. I figure by then, I’ll be so cantankerous that it’ll be an amusing thing to watch. If I make it to 100, I can’t even fathom how many blog posts I will have completed by then.

But first things first. I guess it’s time to start figuring out an exercise plan I can actually make some progress with.

What does your fitness routine look like? 

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.