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Are Sedentary LifeHabits as Deadly as Smoking Cigarettes?

Study shows strong correlation between activity and mortality

A newly published long-term study shows a little exercise can help you live a lot longer.  And it’s never too late to start.

Getting active is as important as quitting smoking to reduce mortality for 70 year-old men. Researchers looked at 14,846 Norwegian men born from 1923 to 1932 over a 40-year period.  The original group underwent a health check in 1972 to 1973 and again in 2000 – by which point 5738 were still living.  In 2011, there were 3584 men in their 70s and 80s still enjoying life – and their levels of activity played a huge role in which men were left standing.

Only a quarter of the men who were active had died, compared to 51% of men who were sedentary.  Moderate activity was defined as exercise, sports, or heavy gardening for four hours a week, while vigorous activity was working out or competitive sports several times a week.  During this 11 year study the odds of death for all causes – including cardiovascular disease – went down from those that stayed active.

Bottom line:  Just 30 minutes of moderate activity six days a week was associated with 40% lower risk of death.

Added bonus:  Start younger to live longer…and better.  Men who were sedentary in their 40s on average lived five years less than the most active.

Dr. Weiniger’s Observation:  Getting (and staying) active will increase your lifespan, as well as giving you more enjoyment.  And when you stand taller with stronger posture, you will get the most out of all activity.

Read on for Part II:  Stay Active and Train StrongPosture® – A LifeHabit to Live Longer


Holme, I., & Anderssen, S. A. (2015). Increases in physical activity is as important as smoking cessation for reduction in total mortality in elderly men: 12 years of follow-up of the oslo II study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(11), 743-8. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-09452. Retrieved from


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