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Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels 122

sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Scientists have found that if they place a running wheel outside, wild animals will flock to it. The researchers observed more than 200,000 mice, rats, and even frogs using the apparatus over a three year period. The findings suggest that like (some) humans, mice and other animals may simply exercise because they like to. Figuring out why certain strains of mice are more sedentary than others could help shed light on genetic differences between more active and sedentary people."
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Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

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  • Re:They may be stuck (Score:4, Informative)

    by pr0nbot ( 313417 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @10:12AM (#47055845)

    The paper states that animals would enter the wheel, leave it, and then re-enter it. That could be accidental but doesn't suggest escape.

  • Re:They may be stuck (Score:4, Informative)

    by CrimsonAvenger ( 580665 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @11:26AM (#47056529)

    hey may have been brought into the wheel because of curiosity, and are trying to escape by running away.

    Saw a short video related to this last night.

    The mouse in question came up to the thing, climbed on, ran as fast as its little legs would carry it for a few seconds, till it was about 40 degrees from vertical...then stopped and let the thing carry him back and forth till to halted.

    Then he got off, took a few steps, turned around, and repeated the whole process.

    Personally, I think they were doing it for the fun factor - "Hey, guys! Watch this!"....

  • Re:I'm sedentary (Score:3, Informative)

    by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @12:03PM (#47056973)

    Processed food is converted into fat.

    Some pain may be discouraging. Try some pain reliever before workout.

    Please define processed food, then please tell us why it is bad. Be specific.

    Processed food is fucking good for you. The majority of western civilization would be fucked without processed food. Everything from pasteurized milk to enriched/fortified bread to iodized salt to canned goods are "processed" in order to increase safety, bolster nutrition because people can't feed themselves, and extend shelf life. Just cooking food is processing it. If you don't like "processed food" you should be eating all your meats raw. And before you think you can get around that by eating a vegetarian diet, you should know that soy, the single most common form of complete protein in a vegetarian diet, is heavily processed.

  • Re: I'm sedentary (Score:4, Informative)

    by ceoyoyo ( 59147 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @02:06PM (#47058209)

    "Swelling" is an inflammatory reaction to damage. Exercise-related muscle (and bone) growth happens when microscopic damage happens to the tissue, provoking an inflammatory response. The repairs over do it, producing stronger post-repair tissue.

    So yes, the "swelling" contributes to tissue repair and growth.

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