The latest research has shown that there is a biological reason why you prefer to get out on the couch rather than practice.
Now that we know where the problem is, we can work to overcome inertness.
When it comes to exercise, most of us will spend more time explaining why we do not have time to practice than it is necessary to wear sneakers and to get out.
According to the American Healthy Heart Association, we need 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to be vital, but most people do not even achieve that goal.
The reason for this is that “we are made to be lazy,” although our intentions are different.
In a recent study published in the Neuropsychologia journal, conducted at the University of British Columbia, 29 respondents were recruited and asked to look at images with physical activity or with inactivity while carrying electrodes that registered their brain activity.
The interviewees were supposed to move their online avatars as close as they could to the images with activity, and away from images with inactivity, and then vice versa. The researchers came to the conclusion that the respondents responded quickly to images of physical activity about those with inactivity.
Respondents more actively used the brain when they moved their avatars away from images with inactivity than when they were moving towards them. In other words, the brain worked more to move away from the sitting image.
Why do our brains lean on the very thought of exercise?
The reason is rooted in our survival instincts.
Conservation of energy was crucial for the survival of the human race and therefore we were more efficient in seeking food and shelter, competing for sexual partners and escaping from natural predators.
This suggests that it is inherent to attract us sitting and lying.
Then how to “deceive” the brain that we need to practice?
One way is to convince the brain that exercise is some kind of play, that is, pleasure, and the other is to put more activity into the rest of the daily routine (more walking, walking up the stairs).