My husband follows Uber Facts on Twitter. Most of the time, I think their tweets are a little ridiculous, and some may be hard to believe given the fact they never reference where this ‘fact’ is coming from.
Occasionally he will retweet and mention me on any facts he thinks are relevant to my blog or daily life. Sometimes these are completely irrelevant, and other times I happen to find them interesting.
This week, I did happen to find one of them interesting.
Lack of exercise kills just as many people as smoking.
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) October 13, 2014
After reading this tweet, I thought to myself,
“Absolutely it does! This is a legitimate fact. Thank you Uber Facts for enlightening your 7.28 million followers with this important statement that I strongly believe should be taken seriously.”
However, I began reading through the mentions and other tweets by users who also follow Uber Facts. And in those tweets, you see skepticism, like my own that exists for many of these facts.
And it made me sad.
Yes, I totally get that some of these people might be sarcastic human beings like myself and think it’s funny.
But I guarantee that many, many people don’t know this is actually true or take it seriously.
Several weeks ago, I shared this infographic on my personal Facebook page.
I’m not concerned that the money raised is too skewed from where it should actually be.
Did you know that the top three categories of deaths (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and (type 2) diabetes) can be prevented by the choices you make?
By the foods you eat, and your daily activities?
According to the article Lack of Exercise is a Major Cause of Chronic Diseases written by Frank Booth, et al. in the journal Comprehensive Physiology, the following health deficiencies are accelerated with lack of physical activity.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Non alcoholic fatty liver disease
- High LDL
- Low HDL
- Congestive heart failure
- Endothelial dysfunction (blood vessel dysfunction)
- Colon cancer
- Erectile dysfunction (who wants that?)
- Loss of neuromuscular strength with aging
- Reduced skin wound healing
- Peripheral artery disease (a precursor to chronic wounds and amputations)
That’s not even an all-inclusive list.
Would you start working out if you knew you had a better shot at preventing all these things?
I just find myself so disheartened when activity physical health is overlooked.
Activity doesn’t have to mean you must achieve ultra runner or body builder status. It just means get off the couch, grab someone you love, and take a walk. Maybe go for a jog. Do something other than flirt at the gym.
Don’t workout just to fit into a pair of jeans. Your health isn’t skin deep. Work out because you want to LIVE.
Just please, start taking your health seriously.