This story was bolstered by news from the British Medical Journal, which published a study linking inactivity in women over 30 to heart disease—and finding it a greater risk factor than smoking. Fortunately, other research highlights how much can be gained even when starting later in life, as announced in a press release from the European Society of Cardiology, which found that men who begin relatively intensive endurance exercise after age 40 may get similar long-term heart benefits as those who start training before age 30.
Finally, working-age adults with disabilities who don’t get any aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease. According to CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, “Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”
We all know the answer, couch potatoes: It’s time to stand up and go for a walk. Pull some weeds. Take the stairs. If it’s hard to get started, find a buddy. If you care about your health and quality of life, do yourself a favor and find what works for you to get your body moving.