Exercise is contagious, especially if you're a man
from Science Magazine
If all your friends jumped off their couches, would you? According to new research on exercise “contagion,” chances are that you would. Past studies on the spread of certain lifestyle choices — from altruism to overeating — have shown that habits can travel like viruses, for good or bad. But this is the first study to rigorously analyze exercise contagion on a large scale. Using fitness tracker data posted to a social site by more than 1 million U.S. runners, researchers analyzed the distances, speeds, and total time they ran, covering 350 million kilometers over 5 years.
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