If you hit the gym regularly but can't seem to drop those extra pounds, don't stress it too much. According to a new study, when it comes to overall health and reducing your risk of death, fitness trumps weight even if you're overweight.
Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that maintaining or improving fitness was associated with a lower death risk, no matter what people's body mass index (BMI) was. Being less fit — again, no matter the BMI — was linked to a higher death risk.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.