According to recent research, our brains are wired to follow or favor the path of least resistance.
It explains why most people don’t exercise even though they know the health risks of inactivity.
And why, given a choice between the couch or a chore, the couch usually wins.
The study, published in the science journal, “Neuropsychologia,” looked at brain activity in volunteers in various scenarios using an EEG, which measures electrical activity in the cortex.
The researchers found that the brain’s “default mode” is set to seeking sedentary behavior, and that it takes additional brain effort to overcome the attraction to inaction.
Simply put, our brains prefer low to no action. To take action, any action, requires extra mental effort.