People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers warned this week as an alarming series of studies was published in the Lancet.
What the article doesn’t discuss — and should have — is the role the Internet plays in contributing to inactivity. People are wired 24/7. Rather than computers, tablets and smartphones being a yoke around peoples’ necks, they should instead be used as tools to alleviate the daily commute to the office. That would free up more time for exercise given that a top reason people aren’t more active is lack of time.
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