You hate fitness? Blame it all on your genes


You sincerely want to start training and even buy a membership (with a 50% discount in the off-season, of course), so that at least financial investments would motivate you. 

Everything ends up with the fact that after 2-3 trainings you decide that

  • the fitness club is located not that convenient,
  • it is too tiring to go to it after work,
  • weekends are your rest days under the law.

Sounds familiar? If yes, then this article is exactly for you

All of us have heard a million times that any habit takes 21 days to develop. Thus, if you force yourself to do anything during this period, this action will turn into a routine in the end, like brushing your teeth or washing your face in the mornings and evenings. For some reason, when it comes to trainings, even 10 days of uninterrupted compliance with the training schedule seem to be an ascent to Everest.

What’s wrong with me?” you ask yourself.

Blame it all on your genetics,” the scientists reply.

Researchers from the Amsterdam Free University (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) found out why sport gives a genuine pleasure to some people, and turns into an endless torment for others.

To investigate this phenomenon, they selected as the experiment participants:

  • 115 pairs of identical twins,
  • 111 pairs of non-identical twins,
  • 35 siblings, which came from families with twins,
  • 6 pairs of sisters, which came from families, which never had twins.

Each of the participants was training on an exercise bike for the 20 minutes, then made a 20-minute run at a convenient pace, and returned to the exercise.

As reported by the Medical Daily, volunteers answered the following questions of scientists while exercising:

  1. how they feel,
  2. how much effort they put,
  3. how would they assess their energy level, nervousness and tension at that particular moment.

In addition, brothers and sisters were asked how often they train at all and how intense their normal training is. This allowed researchers to assess the psychological state of participants during the physical activity.

The final analysis of the data showed that identical twins reacted equally to trainings, which was not the case with other experiment participants. This allowed researchers to deduce that genetics really does play a role in our craving for sports, defining it by about 37%. Even though the experiment results clearly indicate that some of us have an innate dislike for exercising, it does not negate the fact that everyone needs to be physically active.

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In addition to helping maintain or reduce weight, fitness can:

  1. raise your mood,
  2. significantly reduce stress and anxiety,
  3. strengthen bones,
  4. reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

Fortunately, even if you are not predisposed to physical activity genetically, you can “force” yourself to enjoy sports.

“Too often, I meet people who sign up for something like running, which they can’t stand,” says Health physiologist Shavise Glascoe of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. “It is useful to constantly remind yourself that even not highly energetic activities, such as walking with your dog or dancing in the kitchen, are considered exercises.”

Other studies also show that a suitable training partner is one of the best ways to succeed in this matter. An experiment on a topic, held in 2013, showed that people, who trained together with their spouse, friend or family member, reported more pleasure from the process (and this feeling became even greater, if they exercised in nature).