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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why It’s So Important to Keep Moving - NYT

Simply moving may be the key to staving off disease.Coneyl Jay/Getty ImagesScientists are coming to learn how staying active helps stave off illness.
Phys Ed
Hoping to learn more about how inactivity affects disease risk, researchers at the University of Missouri recently persuaded a group of healthy, active young adults to stop moving around so much. Scientists have known for some time that sedentary people are at increased risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But they haven’t fully understood why, in part because studying the effects of sedentary behavior isn’t easy. People who are inactive may also be obese, eat poorly or face other lifestyle or metabolic issues that make it impossible to tease out the specific role that inactivity, on its own, plays in ill health.


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