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You don't have to go to the gym.

This one is technically true, but part of the mindset behind it needs debunking. People who lived on the Mediterranean coast 60 years ago likely weren’t hitting the gym for exercise, so no, you don’t specifically have to drag yourself to the gym every day to model their lifestyle. That’s a relief, right?

However, you’re not off the hook on physical activity entirely. These people didn’t need a workout because they were much more active in daily life, performing manual work and walking where they needed to go rather than driving everywhere in a car. A more convenient life means you have to seek out ways to get exercise each and every day.

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