Brain games

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Is the couch call­ing you when you’re meant to be do­ing car­dio? You may feel lazy, but ac­tu­ally your brain is to blame. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia in Canada re­cruited young adults, and had them play a com­puter game where they had to move an on-screen avatar as quickly as pos­si­ble to­ward pic­tures of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and away from those of in­ac­tiv­ity, and vice versa, while their brains were scanned. Even though par­tic­i­pants were gen­er­ally faster at mov­ing to­wards pic­tures of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, their brains had to work harder in the process. Re­searchers say it sug­gests that “our brain is in­nately at­tracted to seden­tary be­hav­iours”, but add that know­ing this means it may be eas­ier to over­come the next time you have to hit the gym.

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