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How does being unfit affect life expectancy?

Unfit men have a 39% risk of death from cardiovascular disease and 44% risk of all-cause mortality. A major study followed a sizable population of 19,223 men ages 20 to 83 years for 17 years. Fitness levels were measured on a treadmill exercise test that gauged overall cardio-respiratory capacity. The study lasted a total of 24 years and involved 25,714 adult men with the key determinant of increased mortality being low cardio-respiratory fitness.

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