A study has revealed that people who spend more time thinking are less physically active.
A study carried out by researchers from the Florida Gulf Coast University found that intelligent people live a more sedentary lifestyle, as they rarely become bored and spend more time lost in their own thoughts.
They also realised that those who fill their day with physical activity are often ‘non-thinkers,’ and do so to stimulate their minds in order to escape their own thoughts.
The study concluded that those who are thought to be non-thinkers became bored much easier and also experienced the negative effects that comes with it.
Conversely, those with high ‘need for cognition’ were able to provide for their own mental stimulation by themselves.
Thus, individuals with high need for cognition seem more content to entertain themselves mentally, whereas low-NFC individuals quickly experience boredom and experience it more negatively,’ reads the paper.