We all, well, maybe nearly all, consider ourselves to be ‘lazy’ in some way.

Lazy has never been a term I agreed to using. Lazy is, well, a lazy term.

Being efficient is not being lazy and being efficient is what we do best. Taking the car to the shop a few hundred meters down the road or watching too much TV, it could all be considered lazy but in reality, it’s our evolutionary heritage that is responsible.

In times past being efficient with energy was the only way to survive and you know your ancestors survived, right?

Clearly, if, in times of little, our ancestors hadn’t played the frugality game, you and I wouldn’t be here reading this blog post.

This study from the Simon Fraser University has shown how our ability to gain efficiency in even the basic motor movements like walking has established our presence on the planet today.

To me the study highlights the obvious problem, biological units evolved to be efficient in frugal times and ‘stock-up’ at all other times generally don’t do well in environments of ever present energy sources.

Remember, evolution is in control not ‘lazy’.


This from Simon Fraser University News:

Study finds that people subconsciously and continuously fine-tune their movements to minimize energy use

Do you feel lazy? Most of us do when we choose to drive somewhere when we could have walked, or skip daily exercise to binge watch “Game of Thrones.”

New research from Simon Fraser University professor Max Donelan and his team demonstrates that this inherent laziness extends to our subconscious nervous system.

Published in the Sept. 10 issue of Current Biology, their research shows that even within a well-rehearsed movement like walking, the nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use, and continuously re-optimizes movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible.

Full SFU Article:

Wired for laziness – SFU News – Simon Fraser University