The Benefits of Laziness

Laziness… we all have characteristics of laziness.  Some, more than others.  Whether you’ve slept in past noon, skipped class to play video games, or slacked off at track practice, I hate to tell you this, but you are guilty of being lazy.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m guilty of all three of these examples.  Good thing there are many, many benefits of laziness. 

If you agreed with that last statement… I would like you to name one.   Unfortunately a lot of people feel that way or in my opinion are just trying to justify themselves.  I recently read an article on the benefits of being lazy and procrastination. The Amazing Benefits of Procrastination.

According to this article your body’s natural defense mechanisms are the ones telling you to procrastinate in order to avoid harm.  The author chooses sweating as her example… which I would say isn’t the best choice for her case.  Sweating is  a natural defense mechanism in the body allowing you to work, without overheating.  The body is built to work and to move, It is not built to sit idly in front of the television set.  We have defense mechanisms that adapt to whatever work we are doing.  If you work out in the sun all day, You body produces more of the chemical melanin which causes your skin to darken defending against burns.  If you shovel dirt or labor with your hands your body develops callouses defending against pain and discomfort.  weight lifters, your body recruits muscle fibers to strengthen muscles so you are able to lift weight that you were unable to lift the week before.  Your body adapts to the environment so you can work, it does not instill procrastination to avoid harm, that’s called laziness.

And laziness is in the mind, not the body.  Your body can handle a lot more stress than your mind thinks it can.  Take the Navy seals for example. It takes 30 months to train a navy seal in which they undertake grueling tasks.  In week 4 of phase 1 they  endure “Hell week.”  In this phase of their training the most important task is training the mind.  Trainees are constantly in motion, cold, hungry, and wet.  They are forced to run miles and miles, then swim in hypothermia inducing water, Roll in the sand, and start all over again.  They do all this for 5.5 days on 4 hours of sleep. 

according to the article http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navytrng/a/sealhellweek.htm;

“The belief that BUD/S is about physical strength is a common misconception. Actually, it’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical,” said a BUD/S instructor at the San Diego facility. “(Students) just decide that they are too cold, too sandy, too sore or too wet to go on. It’s their minds that give up on them, not their bodies.”

Physically the body adapts to all the obstacles thrown at the training navy seals making success possible.  It is the mind that fails them.

I’m not saying you can’t relax and take it easy. There is a time and place for Idleness, but just so my track runners know, this time is not at track practice.  If you choose to do something, do it whole heartedly, do it successfully.  You can handle it.  And don’t justify your laziness! The benefits of being lazy?? They’re aren’t any!

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