Thursday, February 04, 2010

Health News: (Don't) Make a Run for it!

For folks caught up in the fitness craze (and you know who you are!), there's something you should know:

"Researchers have discovered that the health benefits of aerobic exercise are determined by our genes - and can vary substantially between individuals."


Turns out that, at least according to English researchers at the Royal Veterinary College [ed: so, are they talking about running dogs or running people?], about 1 in 5 of us get essentially no fitness benefit from excercising regularly. Which is not to say that it's necessarily a waste of time, but it does call into question some assumptions about health insurance programs that incentivize folks to excercise on a regular basis.
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