The path of least resistance describes the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths. The concept is often used to describe why an object or entity takes a given path.
In physics, the path of least resistance is always taken by objects moving through a system. For example, water flowing downhill follows the path of least resistance as it is pulled downward by gravity. Electricity flowing through a circuit behaves in a similar fashion.
The path of least resistance is also used to describe certain human behaviors, although with much less specificity than in the strict physical sense. In these cases, resistance is often used as a metaphor for personal effort or confrontation; a person taking the path of least resistance avoids these.
The path of least resistance is standing in line at Krispy Kreme rather than making your own bacon and eggs. It’s steady state cardio, dumbbell curls and tricep kickbacks rather than intervals, pull ups and handstand push ups. It’s sleeping in versus getting up and going.
What are you going to do about it?
Because in the long run the easy path can result in obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, heart attack, and many other quality of life issues that aren’t exactly favorable.
So, my friend, we’re all on a journey through life. Which path are you taking?
Peace, Love & the Resistance,