Most people today simply aren't as active as people were decades ago. You can blame technology for some of that.
The conveniences of modern living have taken away many chances to burn calories. Homes, office buildings and even some public spaces have been modernized in ways that require people to be less physically active throughout the day.
It wasn't that long ago that changing the channel meant getting up and walking to the television. Then came the remote.
Same with the telephone. Rather than a phone on the wall in the kitchen, for instance, most people today -- young and old alike -- have a cellphone in a pocket or at least close by most of the time. No need to move to answer the phone.
It's possible, though, to still find ways to get up and get moving -- burn some calories and help your heart.
Try these simple tricks to beat technology with people power:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on the health benefits of being active.
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