Feeling a bit lazy this morning? Don’t feel like going to the gym? Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Why do people tend to sit around doing nothing when we know it’s unhealthy to be so inactive? Researchers at the University of British Columbia think they’ve figured out the exercise paradox.

Seems our brains are built to pick whatever’s easier.

“The exciting novelty of our study is that it shows this faster avoidance of physical inactivity comes at a cost — and that is an increased involvement of brain resources,” said Matthieu Boisgontier, a postdoctoral researcher at UBC and senior author of the study.

“These results suggest that our brain is innately attracted to sedentary behaviours.”

Read more at CBC

The study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia