A new study from the Mayo Clinic published in the American Heart Journal found that fitness, not body weight, is more critical in determining near term mortality risk among individuals with heart disease. Overweight and obese individuals with higher levels of fitness as measured while walking on treadmills faced a much lower risk of mortality than thin counterparts with lower fitness scores. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks offer individuals the opportunity of walking slowly all day while they work increasing their fitness and strength levels while simultaneously lowering their weight.

The 14 year studied followed 885 men and women enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program. All had previously suffered heart attacks, heart related chest pains, or other cardiovascular procedures.

The control group was comprised of fit individuals with normal Body Mass Indexes (BMI’s). Fit but overweight study participants were twice as likely to die as the control group, fit but obese had three times the risk of mortality. The big jumps in risk came from the unfit groups. Unfit but overweight participants were 7 times more likely to die than the control group but surprisingly normal weight, unfit individuals faced a 10 fold higher risk of mortality.

In a statement to Reuters Health, the lead researcher Dr. Lopes-Jiminez stated, “It is much easier to become fit than it is to become slim. Anybody who has gone into an exercise program would agree with that.”

“Overweight adults often give up on fitness due to body image conflicts,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks, “this is yet another study emphasizing that fitness trumps BMI. We need to keep people moving to increase their quality of life and lower health care costs whether they are thin or obese.”