Scientists have discovered why people find it difficult to fight laziness
According to researchers, minimization efforts were a key to human evolution.
GENEVA, September 20. /Offset. TASS Konstantin Gain/. Scientists at the University of Geneva and the experts located in this city is the cantonal University hospital have discovered why many people find it difficult to bring myself to visit the gym or the pool, if it is possible to stay home and do nothing.
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The results of the experiment involving 28 subjects, they came to the conclusion that the decision in favor of active recreation takes the brain more effort than in favor of the passive.
Study participants during psychological tests favored pastime active before passive. However, when the researchers examined the electrical activity in the frontal cortex of the subjects, as it turned out, the more resources the brain was required when they made a decision to expose yourself to physical activity. We are talking about a region of the brain where located the areas responsible for common sense and feelings. When subjects had to make a choice between these areas there is a “struggle”.
Explaining the reasons of the propensity of people to passive leisure, the expert of the medical faculty, University of Geneva Boris Cheval noted that “minimization efforts were a key to human evolution”.
“This trend towards saving and resource conservation increased the chances of survival and reproduction” — he explained. “Today, however, modern society considers the energy optimization as unnecessary. It is necessary, conversely, to encourage physical activity despite the desire to work less and use the escalators and elevators”. According to the scientist, so you need to modify the surrounding people space, so they have less “opportunities for spontaneous behavior to minimize effort.”