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The Science Behind Why We Avoid Exercise With Daniel Lieberman

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Renee Bright
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  If it feels like a slog to get to the gym and hit the weights, the reason may be much deeper than laziness — it could be evolution asking you to stay home.Our guest, paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman, says regular exercise — working out, on purpose, to get healthier — was never part of the plan for natural selection. (Hey, as long as the species keeps breeding, right?) But we’re also not supposed to sit around all day and do nothing. We did evolve to use our bodies and even to work them pretty hard — when necessary. With medical professionals lamenting our sedentary lifestyles, the key, Daniel Lieberman told us, is to exercise the right way. He'll join us Friday at 11 a.m. to share his research. (Rebroadcast)

Daniel Lieberman’s book is Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. [IndieBound|Amazon|AudibleBookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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