This month: your goal is to get out and get moving. I know that sounds really easy. But for a lot of people, it’s easier said than done. What do you think your live would look like with physical inactivity over forty-five years? For this month’s Workout Of The Month, I’m going to be pointing out WHY it’s important to get up and get moving. You don’t want to miss this. Your health depends on it.

The Impact Of Physical Inactivity Over Forty-Five Years

What happens when you take a look at seven hundred ninety-two men and follow them for forty-five years? You get to find out just how bad physical inactivity is for you, that’s what. Back in 1963, a team of researchers picked out seven hundred ninety-two men and followed them for forty-five years. There intent was to look into and identify risk factors that were associated for cardiovascular disease and mortality (heart disease and death).

The Results of Physical Inactivity Over Forty-Five Years:

Those participants in the study who had the lowest maximum aerobic capacity had a risk of death that was second to only smoking.

Both of them are modifiable risk factors!

How The Results Came To Be

Initially when the study started, the group participants were asked to complete an exercise test. Six hundred fifty-six of the participants had a maximum all out effort exercise test (those that didn’t do so was in relation to limiting health factors). About every ten years, up until 2012, physical examinations were performed. The researchers had also kept track of causes of death for those who had died.

The group was divided into three different sections being analyzed by their V02 max: low, medium, and high. Through each group (low, medium, high) there was an approximate twenty-one percent reduced risk of death for those who had higher levels of aerobic capacity. These results were second only to smoking. Which means,

What These Results For Physical Inactivity Over Forty-Five Years Mean:

If you don’t smoke, but have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, your highest risk factor for death is your physical inactivity!

So get out there and move. Don’t sit.

Antipolis, Sophia. “Low Physical Activity Capacity Second Only To Smoking As Highest Death Risk.” European Society of Cardiology. 27 July 2016. Web. 27 October 2016.