According to a study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, suggests that some people are lazy because of their brains and pointed that our brain is innately attracted to sedentary behaviours.
Matthieu Boisgontier, a postdoctoral researcher at UBC, said that “We knew from previous studies that people are faster at avoiding sedentary behaviours and moving towards active behaviours,” Boisgontier added that “The exciting novelty of our study is that it shows this faster avoidance of physical inactivity comes at a cost — and that is an increased involvement of brain resources. These results suggest that our brain is innately attracted to sedentary behaviours,”
In order to make the study, the researchers recruited young adults, and made them sit in front of a computer, and gave them control of an on-screen avatar. Then they flashed images which either depicts physical activity or physical inactivity. Meanwhile the electrodes recorded what was happening in their brains.
When the pictures were shown to the participants, they were moving faster towards the active pictures and away from lazy ones.The brain-activity readouts called electroencephalograms points that doing the latter required their brains to work harder. Boisgontier pointed that “Anything that happens automatically is difficult to inhibit, even if you want to, because you don’t know that it is happening. But knowing that it is happening is an important first step,”