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A New Leading Cause of Death by Dr. Asa Andrew

There has been a large debate whether being overweight is worse than being thin and not doing any form of exercise. Just because you are thin, doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy. I hear this often and get asked the question. Being overweight can lead to major health challenges such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. What the research has actually discovered is that people that are overweight and exercise may be healthier than those who appear thin, yet don’t exercise at all. The World Health Organization has listed physical inactivity as number 4 on its top leading causes of death just under high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Many in the research field have said that exercise is potentially a “miracle” cure against everything from heart disease to dementia. We just aren’t moving as much. 

It starts in our childhood. The US Department of Health and Human Services has determined that children from ages 6-17 should get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Our activity levels have dropped dramatically with physical education being optional in some settings. We have to encourage our kids to go out and run and play, not make other graphic characters run and play in the video games. Parents must lead by example. Health is our responsibility.

As adults we are leading more sedentary lives than ever, We sit at work, home, the car, the plane, and the bus. Many are too tired from the responsibilities of life to set aside a specific time to get some exercise in. We have to get moving.

Exercise has been a foundation for me since I was a teeneager and I have not missed a day in 25 plus years. Excessive? Maybe. Committed? Definitely. It makes me feel good. Exercise helped me develop as an athlete and perform at a high level. And today it keeps me fit, full of energy, and helps my body fight against many of the tough health challenges along with a great nutritional plan. 

If you are genetically thin, can eat whatever you want, and don’t exercise, be careful. The statistics are against you and don’t be so quick to point the finger at your overweight friend. They may be healthier than you are. 

Exercise can be a serious struggle for many. Here are some basic ways to just get moving. Remember that just 10 minutes a day of vigorous activity is enough to create an impact. You don’t have to exercise for an hour a day. Pick one of these options below and get started toward building a better overall diet and lifestyle plan.

1.Ride a Bike
This can be on a stationary bike in the gym or dusting of the bike in the garage. Grab a quick ride each day for just 10 minutes. You may find that you enjoy it and watch the amazing benefits of just moving.

We do it every day, yet it is the sustained walking for up to 10 minutes that can really make the difference. Set aside time to get out and walk each day.

3.Play a Sport
It doesn’t matter what sport you enjoy. Tennis, golf, basketball, water sports. Just pick something you enjoy and do it. If you don’t use it, you will lose it. 

A great exercise if you suffer from arthritis and joint pain. A full body workout that will keep your heart rate up and support overall fitness.

What? Not from a bad relationship. Rebounding is a mini-trampoline. Studies have shown that jumping just 5 minutes a day may lower blood pressure and will support healthy heart function. They are super inexpensive at around 100.00. One of my favorites is



Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, Dr. Asa is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.


*Exercise is Medicine is a campaign of the American College of Sports Medicine for health care professionals to encourage exercise for improving overall health.