Just four weeks into 2016, and I’m loving the way this one is going. Suddenly, everywhere I look there’s another opportunity to be lazy.
I no longer have to shampoo my hair. A growing number of women and men are giving up daily hair washing. Their reasons are varied, but avoiding daily chemicals on their scalp and reducing landfill waste from plastic bottles are two big ones.
I don’t need to go to the gym. Actually, I never went to the gym, but now I don’t have to pretend that I’m going to go. A recent study of 14,000 people found that meaningful social relationships reduce the daily stresses of life as much as regular trips to work out. How could that many people be wrong?
I don’t even have to do situps. A recent editorial in the Navy Times called for banishing situps from the physical-readiness test that sailors must pass twice each year. The reason? Situps are a key cause of lower back injuries, putting hundreds of pounds of compression force on the spine. I know, right?
I have less to do at restaurants. I no longer have to figure out tip amounts, as more restaurants move to no-tip policies (instead, adding an upcharge to the overall bill). I don’t have to stack the plates anymore, either. That, apparently, only gets our kind, overworked server in trouble with the boss “as a visual signal to the people in the dining room that the service isn’t good.”
I get to sleep up to eight hours a night without guilt. The Mayo Clinic reports that sleeping less than five hours a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain. In one study, recurrent sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods and overall calorie intake. In another, women who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to gain 11 pounds than women who slept seven hours.
There’s only one thing to do with all this good news:
Take a nap! □