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Human nature being what it is, I don’t see it happening.   Psychological studies (PATH, for instance) have shown that only a very small segment of the population will willingly and consistently stick to a workout (or healthy eating plan) for the long haul.   

But did you really need a study to back up what anecdotal observation (a delay at the airport) demonstrates as obvious?

And speaking of airports: those moving sidewalks?  Those are meant for people like me who want to haul ass.  Either to the Pete’s (inevitably in the “other” terminal) or to my flight that’s pulling away from the gate in 10 minutes.  If you’re gonna stand like a potted plant, please move you (and your bags) to the right.

Now this laziness isn’t a moral failure, it’s simply hardwired into our DNA. A species with a habit of haphazardly expending energy is a short-lived species indeed.

Team human though has surpassed the evolutionary hurdle of mere survival.  But we’ve over-engineered the fix. What we now have to deal with is the “human zoo” we’ve created for ourselves.  

“Laziness” is about reaction to environment.  No different than for the heroin or sugar addicted.

You can’t put the heroin addicted back in the heroin saturated streets and expect them to stay clean.  Pack the sugar addict’s cabinets with Ding Dongs and he’ll eventually crack. And you can’t simply place the formerly “lazy” on an electric bike and think they’ll suddenly develop the urge for sweat, effort and DOMS.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the electric bike idea.  Getting people out of cars is a good thing for a whole host of reasons.  But thinking people are going to start suddenly pumping pedals given another immediate and viable option?  Ain’t gonna happen.

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


  1. I’m not sure you have a real understanding of how electric bikes work. They don’t have the range for you to not pedal. The pedal assist allows people to travel further than they might otherwise be able to or to enjoy recreational biking again because they can get up hills on bike trails. They aren’t mopeds or motorcycles, they are accessibility devices.

    • I hear what you’re saying, and I appreciate your comment. No, I get the theory. And I’m totally down with the idea of electric bikes (and planning to get one for the Mrs, for just the reasons you cite)! I’m just saying, having worked my entire life in the realm of coaching, habit change, etc, that the one thing I do know well is human psychology. I really hope I’m proven wrong, but I see most of the pedaling coming on the downhills. Which I grant you is a step (pedal?) in the right direction. But how many will *truly* gain an exercise benefit?


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