Forget excuses like the weather or even boredom, a short daily walk could save your life.
A study published in the current edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked more than 330,000 European men and women over a dozen years and determined that twice as many deaths may be connected to a lack of exercise as by obesity.
"This study adds to the mounting evidence that movement and activity makes a difference in your health, even if you are not at your ideal weight," said Dr. Edward Laskowski, a professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic, and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.
"You don’t have to run marathons. Consistent, small doses of exercise like walking are effective," Laskowski added.
Watch the NBC Nightly News report: New Study Finds Lack of Exercise is Deadlier Than Obesity