Feeling too lazy to hit the gym?
Blame your brain, say scientists who found that it is naturally wired to prefer lying on the couch. Statistics show that despite our best in tentions, we are actually becoming less active Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada studied brain connections to understand this “exercise paradox”.
The failure of public policies to counteract the pandemic of physical in ąctivity may be due to brain processes that have been developed and reinforced across evolution, said Matthieu Boisgontier, a postdoctoral researcher in UBC.
We knew that people are faster at avoiding sedentary behaviours and moving toward active behaviours. The exciting novelty of our study is that it shows this faster avoidance of physical inactivity comes at a cost-an increased involvement of brain resources,” Boisgontier said.