Your Politics May Predict How Fit You Are

December 30, 2014 12:58 PM

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In these polarized times, it’s always a relief to find something liberals and conservatives have in common—even if it has nothing to do with politics. New research suggests that, at least in Europe, people who lean decisively right or left get considerably more exercise than those in the center.

“Busy people at both ends of the political spectrum do not seem to have as much time for idleness,” writes a research team led by Adrian Bauman of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. In contrast, centrists do more sitting, “both on the fence and elsewhere.”

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