Inactivity is Poison: Why Skipping Exercise Is Almost As Bad As Smoking

Here’s a confession: I haven’t exercised in 3 months. I hit a lazy phase last October and never got around to hitting the gym again. I thought I was doing pretty okay during the holidays because I didn’t gain as much weight as I thought I would. However, after I have read an article from WebMD saying that not exercising is almost as bad as smoking I was appalled. I always thought smokers were slowly killing themselves and it turned out that by not exercising, I was doing the same thing.

The article had three very important things to say:

#1 We are not getting enough exercise. 

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According to the CDC, 80% of adults over the age of 18 are not meeting the aerobic and muscle strengthening requirements. That’s a huge number despite all the exercise and diet fads that we see today. To be able to meet the requirements, am adult must undergo at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five times a week.

#2 Inactivity is considered as a disease.

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In 2011, Physical Inactivity was ranked 4th by the World Health Organization as a major risk factor in mortality. It is preceded by high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol.

#3 It is never too late to start a regimen.

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Do not try and sign up for a gym membership or buy everything at the sporting goods store – The trick to sticking to an exercise program is to make it as simple as possible. Park your car a little further from the office, take a 30 minute walk around your neighborhood every morning or do stretching while watching the evening news.

Least to say I was inspired to get up and run after reading the article. How about you?


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