It's not my fault. Laziness is in my genes!

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    Jul 30, 2008 11:49 AM GMT
    "Have you ever wondered why you can't get off the couch and exercise — despite paying for an expensive gym membership, despite your New Year's resolutions, even despite the doctor's scolding at your last check-up? Turns out that your inertia may be coded right into your genes."
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    "Chemistry is not destiny, of course. Lightfoot hopes to use his research to help determine which patients may need a bigger boost to get moving — he thinks that perhaps close supervision by trainers or rewards for exercising will encourage genetic lazybones to get the gym. And maybe one day, he speculates, there might even be a drug to compensate for what your genes won't give you. A drug that makes you want to exercise? Now, that's a pill worth swallowing."

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1827106,00.html
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    Jul 30, 2008 12:57 PM GMT
    Genes influence just about every part of human behaviour, but they do not determine it, life experiences also play a role. A lazy kid will be less likely to be lazy if he or she has parents that encourage activity and work.

    Technology though is working against us. Just think of all the inventions in the last 100 years that have made activity less necessary. Everything from dishwashers to video games and computers.
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    Jul 30, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    I believe it's learned trait....