The attraction toward sedentary can be viewed in light of evolution. When it was challenging to gain access to food, minimizing effort allowed for the saving of energy that was crucial for survival.
This tendency could explain the current pandemic of physical inactivity since genes allowing individuals to survive are likely to be present in the next generation.
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