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The joy of laziness : why life is better slower-and how to get there

Author: Peter Axt; Michaela Axt-Gadermann
Publisher: Alameda, CA : Hunter House, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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. Every human being has a limited amount of life energy, they say, and the speed with which it is consumed determines the lifespan. Citing the scientifically recognized Metabolic Theory, the book  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Axt; Michaela Axt-Gadermann
ISBN: 0897934016 9780897934015 0897934024 9780897934022
OCLC Number: 52424142
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 154 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. A mouse has as much life energy as an elephant --
Chapter 2. Conserving energy by doing "nothing" --
Chapter 3. Eat little-live longer --
Chapter 4. Laziness and indolence are at the heart of good health --
Chapter 5. Sleepyheads get more out of life --
Chapter 6. Sun and heat, the fountains of youth.
Other Titles: Vom Gluck der Faulheit.
Responsibility: Peter Axt and Michaela Axt-Gadermann.
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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. Every human being has a limited amount of life energy, they say, and the speed with which it is consumed determines the lifespan. Citing the scientifically recognized Metabolic Theory, the book explains how being "lazy"--being calm, eating temperately, reducing or avoiding sports, exercising moderately, and limiting ambition--can boost the immune system and increase longevity. Included are energy-saving suggestions about eating, working, and exercising; quizzes to determine stress level, life energy, and physical well-being; and valuable tips and advice on this controversial idea.

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