Ignoring Exercise Will Claim 500M Lives Globally in the Next 8 Years, Study Finds

by Mike Mutzel


We can prevent 500 million new cases of major chronic diseases in the next 8 years by incentivizing exercise and physical activity.



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Key Takeaways:


00:00 Exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, cerebral vascular disease like stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

00:40 Without exercise, 500 million new people will suffer poor quality of life and premature death from preventable diseases over the next 8 years.

02:00 Exercise prevents conditions that made people susceptible to COVID.

06:40 Inactivity is a risk factor for stroke, several types of cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, dementia, depression, and all cause mortality.

07:45 Cancers with inactivity for a risk factor are breast, colon, bladder, endometrial, gastric esophageal and renal cancers.

10:00 Physical inactivity is defined as not meeting the WHO physical activity recommendations. Adults are recommended to do 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity per week.

10:50 To preserve muscle mass, do 3 days of resistance strength training for each major muscle group.

11:10 The global cost of all preventable non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions is $523 billion over the next 7 years.




Santos, A. C., Willumsen, J., Meheus, F., Ilbawi, A. & Bull, F. C. The cost of inaction on physical inactivity to public health-care systems: a population-attributable fraction analysis. Lancet Global Heal 11, e32–e39 (2023).

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