Book Review: The Joy of Laziness
Good news for people like me: Too much exercise can kill you.
The only fault with "The Joy of Laziness" is that it's title attracts couch potatoes like me instead of the fitness freaks who need to hear this stuff.
As it is, a read of this fascinating book actually convinced me to increase the amount of exercise I get each week. But for once, it didn't make me feel guilty, or that I would have to make huge lifestyle changes. It just recommended four hours a week of movement - which could be walking, gardening, housework (!!) or whatever. Not strenuous exercise.
It would all seem a bit too good to be true, if The Joy of Laziness weren't written by two doctors.
Among the medical facts you'll find in this book are:
- being relaxed and even-tempered makes you more intelligent
- fasting delays the ageing process and lengthens your life (a hard one to swallow for me!)
- sun and heat are the fountains of youth
- 'doing nothing' actually does a great deal of good
As I alluded to before, the ones who really need to read this are the same ones who will be turned off by the title. It's a deliberately provocative title, and I love the cover in the UK version (I think it's the US version shown above) - a silhouette of a figure lying on a couch, with a cat lying on the footstool.
This is definitely worth a read if you value your health, mental and physical. They don't just point out the problem and leave it at that; the authors give clear guidelines for diet, exercise and restful activity.
The Joy of Laziness is a good companion volume to In Praise of Slow : How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed, which I'll review shortly... but please don't be impatient! ;)