Inactivity beats exercise for risk

Dr Andrew Garnham, vice-president of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, said the great majority of people, even with some form of chronic medical condition, could do some sort of exercise program and benefit from it.

“You could take the point of view that people should seek a medical certificate not to do exercise, because...the risk of not doing it is greater than the risk that might ensue from undertaking something at least within the bounds of sensible physical activity,” Dr Garnham said.

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