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The Joy of Laziness: Why Life Is Better Slower � and How to Get There

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Drawing on both scientific and anecdotal sources, the authors of "The Joy of Laziness" argue that the much-admired Type A lifestyle of intense exercise, frantic activity, and overwork is detrimental to health and long life.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 19th 2003 by Hunter House
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Jenny Karraker
Aug 28, 2015 Jenny Karraker rated it liked it
I picked up this book 8 years ago at the IUP campus bookshop and never read it. it was more scientific than what I thought it would be. The authors presented much scientific evidence explaining why we should slow down, exercise moderately (vs the extreme programs that seem to have captured our imagination now), and eat less (like Michael Pollan suggests). I like how they categorize people as owls (who stay up late and drag in the morning) or larks (who get up early and go to bed early). They sug ...more
Meredith
Jan 27, 2013 Meredith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If you are the sort of person who regularly puts yourself through what most of us consider extremely unpleasant to hellish activities (rising at the crack of dawn, taking cold showers, keeping your house cold, spending hours pounding the pavements, etc) in the belief or hope that this will help you to live long enough after your retirement to make your hectic life spent on the career treadmill worthwhile, the examples of runners dropping dead of heart attacks in this book may be just what you ne ...more
Lynn
May 02, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few contradictions in the beginning few chapters. For instance they wrote that those with little or no exercise conserve more life energy. Yet later on they still mentioned about regular exercise.

They also mentioned vigorous exercise is the main cause of heart attacks, and that athletes tend to die young.

It does make me feel so much better for lying down and relaxing whenever. Apparently "life energy" is measured in calories, similar to the scale people use to measure weight loss and food inta
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Akanksha
Apr 06, 2014 Akanksha rated it it was ok
I started reading this book with a lot of expectations , but somehow i really did not enjoy it much.. Though this book introduces few things which can be kept in mind to lead a better life but still i couldnt conclude that the theory we believed in till now is faulty. It presents a totally different analysis . I guess both the theories should have been taken into account, considering the pros and cons of both and then a definite conclusion could have been made.
Akanksha Soneja
Apr 06, 2014 Akanksha Soneja rated it it was ok
I started reading this book with a lot of expectations , but somehow i really did not enjoy it much.. Though this book introduces few things which can be kept in mind to lead a better life but still i couldnt conclude that the theory we believed in till now is faulty. It presents a totally different analysis . I guess both the theories should have been taken into account, considering the pros and cons of both and then a definite conclusion could have been made.
Gina
Feb 17, 2011 Gina rated it liked it
There is definitely some faulty science and logic at play here, however, it was an interesting read that provided me with a good deal fo "food for thought" about how to approach relaxation, food, exercise, and life in general.
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