Sci­en­tist: Hu­mans evolved to run

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desk much of the day. We drive to restau­rants and con­ve­nience stores. We eat more calo­ries and we ex­pend less en­ergy.

“We think it’s nor­mal to eat break­fast ce­real from a box and fly in a plane. We sit in plush comfy chairs and sleep on mat­tresses,” Lieber­man says. “But we didn’t evolve for any of that.”

All of which means we’re headed down a road mined with heart at­tacks and di­a­betes. “It’s ab­nor­mal not to be phys­i­cally ac­tive,” Lieber­man says. “And if we don’t solve this prob­lem now, we’re in trou­ble.”

Those buff hunter­gath­er­ers didn’t suf­fer

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