Genetic Influences on Regular Exercise Behavior

Authored by: H.M. Marleen , d. e. Moor , Eco J.C. De Geus

Lifestyle Medicine

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9781439845424
eBook ISBN: 9781315099248
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b13781-137

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Abstract

Regular exercisers have lower risks for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes than non-exercisers [13], and the percentage of people at risk because of inactivity is higher than those at risk because of hypertension, smoking, and cholesterol [4]. Despite these well-documented benefits of physical activity, a large proportion of adults in the Western world do not engage in exercise activities on a regular basis [57]. As a consequence, a sedentary lifestyle—and the accompanying risk for obesity—remains a major threat to health in today’s society. This is reflected in public health recommendations, which unanimously include an encouragement to a more active lifestyle [8].

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