Even Science Agrees, People Who Hate Working Out Are More Intelligent

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As if we needed an excuse to skip the gym...

Take off your Lululemon leggings and turn off your Fitbit!

If you're dreading the thought of going to your next SoulCycle class, it doesn't mean you're lazy — it means you're smart.


A study conducted by researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University found a direct link between intelligence and boredom at the gym.

In other words, your fitness-addicted friends tend to dislike thinking. Because they don't need to be mentally stimulated as much, they are able to workout more often and for longer periods of time than people who need lots of mental stimulation.


The study, published in the Journal of Health Psychology, divided the subjects into people who had a high need for cognition (high-NFC) and a low need for cognition (low-NFC).

The 30 subjects with high-NFC enjoy mental tasks and thinking more, causing them to perform better on memory tests and take longer to make rational decisions. Meanwhile, the low-NFC subjects valued more outward information when making decisions "such as attractiveness or a person's mood."

Unsurprisingly, the high-NFC subjects exercised less frequently and for shorter periods of time than the 30 low-NFC subjects.

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So, the next time you feel like skipping the gym, don't stress. It just means you think more.


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