Fitness Beats Weight Loss
While it is important to keep your weight at a healthy level, a recent study found that weight loss (defined as lowering a person’s body-mass index) was not associated with a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality (dying from anything) or cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. The study involved over 14,000 men with an average age of 44 years who were followed for more than 17 years.
What the researchers did find is that those men who keep their fitness level stable significantly reduced their risk of all-cause and CVD death. Men who were able to increase their fitness level as they got older saw even greater reductions in their risk of death.
This is one of many studies that demonstrates how important it is to be physically fit. Fitness requires a regular regimen of exercise, preferably both cardio and resistance. There is no substitute for the effort required or for the benefits gained.