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Inactivity & Smoking, Just as Deadly

Move It Or Lose It

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  A new study finds the risks of inactivity are almost as high as smoking.  Researchers with 'The Lancet' health journal found that failure to exercise 15 - 30 minutes a day increases your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 20 to 30 percent.

The lack of exercise also causes as many as 1 in 10 pre-mature deaths globally every year, which is about the same rate as smokers.  Local fitness experts say these findings are a wake-up call to everyone to keep moving and develop healthier habits.

"You know cigarettes are addictive but exercise is addictive too," says Jen Silata, a trainer at Planet Fitness in Horseheads.  "It's the healthy drug that everyone needs to incorporate into their lifestyle."

"Whether it's standing at your TV lifting soup cans or walking the dog, get out there and move around, it'll save your life," says Susan O'Leary with the Corning YMCA.  She says the 'Y' does programs year-round that promote healthy eating and physical habits for the entire family.

To see the study in its entirety, click on this link : http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/issue/current