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Overweight and Fit? Fitness Trumps Weight, Study Says


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. 

In fact, being fit for six years was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of both heart disease and stroke-related deaths, along with a 15 percent lower risk of death from any cause, according to ScienceDaily. Researchers say that this new information stresses the importance of physical activity as a way to prevent heart disease and stroke. It also encourages people who are overweight and can't seem to lose the weight to keep exercising for their health. 
So no matter your size, keep those workouts up. It does a body good!


Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites and 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.


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