Is Exercise Really Medicine? An Evolutionary Perspective.

@article{Lieberman2015IsER,
  title={Is Exercise Really Medicine? An Evolutionary Perspective.},
  author={Daniel E Lieberman},
  journal={Current sports medicine reports},
  year={2015},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={
          313-9
        }
}
An evolutionary perspective helps evaluate the extent to which exercise is medicine and to explain the exercise paradox: why people tend to avoid exercise despite its benefits. Many lines of evidence indicate that humans evolved to be adapted for regular, moderate amounts of endurance physical activity into late age. However, because energy from food was limited, humans also were selected to avoid unnecessary exertion, and most anatomical and physiological systems evolved to require stimuli… CONTINUE READING

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