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Brain's reaction to exercise could be determined by genetics, but music can help

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Scientists are telling gym goers not to get too disheartened about their inability to stick to an exercise plan, as their problem could be 50 per cent determined by genetics.

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Scientists are telling gym goers not to get too disheartened about their inability to stick to an exercise plan, as their problem could be 50 per cent determined by genetics. Tests at Iowa State University suggest that while some people are born 'benign masochists' and enjoy pushing for the burn, others have a much lower threshold. This causes them to get tired whilst performing the simplest of activities, like walking up a set of stairs or cooking their evening meal. According to dailymail.co.uk, those that actually enjoy their regular trips to the gym could experience euphoria from endorphins after their work outs. However, others might be held back by their psycho-biological 'inner voice', which orders them to stop after becoming aware of puffing, panting, sweating or pain. As part of the study at Iowa, participants were made to exercise until they reached their 'ventilatory threshold'. According to washington.edu, this is otherwise known as the point where lactic acidosis begins to build up and muscle hypoxia is no longer correct, causing certain parts of the body to seize up. Some of the group claimed to enjoy pushing themselves to the point where they could no longer keep moving. Others meanwhile found their mood dropping as the exercise got tougher and were forced to pull out of their session at a much earlier stage.  However, the research also found that certain tricks would encourage the stragglers to up their game when it mattered. The study named listening to music as a top motivator for gym goers, although some might see more value in having a garden gym built right next to their house. This would eliminate any concerns regarding transport to the complex and could make going to the gym seem like less of an effort. Other top motivators listed by bodybuilding.com writer Roger Lockridge included getting a partner to provide encouragement, making a deadline for weight loss and to try gaining inspiration from someone who has reached their fitness goals on a number of occasions.

Author:

Richard Towey

2nd April 2013