A recent new study out of the Cleveland Clinic reveals some startling stats on the risk of being inactive. People who have not exercised for more than two decades are twice as likely to die from any cause. They are also three times as likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
More than 23,000 people participated in the 20-year study. Participants were divided by their level of activity—those who were inactive, those who did less than two hours of exercise per week, and those how did more than two hours per week of physical activity. Also of note, those who once exercised then stopped faced the same outcomes as those who were always inactive.
This study makes clear how critical it is not only to get active, but to stay active too. Get to the gym, do a brisk walk, and get out there at least three times a week for an hour each time. And then keep it up!