A new research has revealed how lack of physical exercise may be detrimental to health just like smoking, diabetes and alcohol abuse combined together.
According to chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns, international research had shown a lack of physical activity was a major risk factor for early death, the Scotsman reported.
Harry asserted that doctors should give patients advice on what exercise to do and ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Doctors agreed that exercise plays a key part in improving the nation's health, but warned that time was often against them when it came to giving fitness guidance to patients.
The study will be presented in a meeting at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.