I'm probably one of the worst people on the planet when it comes to exercise. I know how beneficial it is to your health but I still never do it. Ever few months, I'll get the urge and try something—usually running—before giving up just as quickly. I always say that my problem is that I'm too busy or I just can't find a form of exercise that I truly enjoy, but the truth of the matter is that I'd rather just eat smaller portions or less caloric meals than actually get sweating.

However, a new report is making me rethink EVERYTHING that I previously knew about the benefits of calories in versus calories out: a lack of exercise has been determined to be as deadly as smoking!

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Yes, smoking! As in inhaling that stuff that is so carcinogenic that you can end up losing limbs, get a hole in your neck, black lungs or, even worse, cancer. I mean, we've all seen those ads, haven't we?

Now it seems that, alongside those anti-smoking ads, we need some YOU MUST EXERCISE ads. I never in a million years would have equated the two as being almost on the same level of harm, that's for sure! The report, though, says that a "lack of exercise causes as many as 1 in 10 premature deaths around the world each year—roughly as many as smoking." That is one scary statistic, isn't it? And all this must change!

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I'll tell you one thing: I went out and joined a gym a few hours ago! Seriously. I know that I'm at a pretty healthy weight and a decently healthy eater (most of the time, anyway) but I've always felt guilty that I wasn't exercising. If there's just ONE good reason to start exercising pretty much immediately is that not exercising is just as much of a risk as smoking. Seriously, I am SHOCKED—and immediately running to my nearest gym!

Are you shocked to find out that not exercising is as deadly as smoking? Will this make you exercise more in your life? Share with us in the comments below!

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About the author

Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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