Hate To Sweat? DNA Could Be To Blame If Your Workout Plan Isn’t Working Out

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Genetics can determine a lot more than just what you look like. DNA can also determine what types of workouts you enjoy and how effective those workouts are. So if you’re feeling stuck in a rut at the gym, your DNA might be to blame. Read on to see how genetics affect your fitness efforts.

Obese People Benefit More From Exercise

According to ScienceNordic, people with the obesity gene tend to lose weight and gain health benefits much more rapidly than others, even with just a little bit of exercise. This phenomenon also often occurs in type two diabetics.

Genes Determine Willingness to Exercise

By breeding together rats who liked to run in a wheel in one category and rats who did not in another category, scientists were able to breed rats who either loved to run or preferred to be lazy, reports The New York Times. This indicates a strong likelihood that willingness to exercise has a genetic component.

Underdeveloped Nucleus Accumbens

The nucleus accumbens is the reward center of the brain. Researchers determined that the rats who did not like to run had fewer mature neurons in this region, meaning that they would not derive a feeling of enjoyment from physical exercise as strongly as their runner counterparts.

Low VO2 Max

VO2 max is a measure of endurance, says Prevention, and it typically increases over time with exercise. However, about 10 to 15 percent of the population is genetically predisposed to have low VO2 max that barely increases, which leads to heavy breathing and tiring out quickly during exercise.

Muscle Types

Some people naturally have more fast-twitch muscle fibers. These people are more likely to be successful at sprinting and power lifting. Those with more slow-twitch fibers benefit from endurance-based exercises.

Lack of Flexibility

Studies of twins have shown that more than half of a person’s level of flexibility is determined by genetics. The rest is due to stretching or, on the contrary, tightness from sitting all day.

No Muscle Tone

About 30 percent of the population responds less to strength training and lacks muscle definition, even with frequent exercise.

Not Choosing the Right Workout

Much like nobody is built the exact same physically, there also isn’t a single workout tailored to fit everyone the same way. Trying to force yourself to do an activity that you’re not built for just adds to your frustration. Instead, focus on developing a routine or activity that you not only might enjoy, but that is also set up with your specific strengths and weaknesses in mind.

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