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Do you hate working out at the gym? You’re not lazy, it’s genetic, scientists claim

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  • Brains’ reactions  to exercise could be 50 per cent determined by genetics
  • Some people are  ‘benign masochists’ and enjoy the pain of exercise
  • Others have  a low threshold and could be tired out by cooking a meal

By  Emily Davies

PUBLISHED: 12:04 EST, 30  March 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:06 EST, 30 March 2013

 

If you dread exercising and feel lousy after  a physical work out, it might not be because you are lazy, new research has  suggested.

While some people experience euphoria from  endorphins after exercise, others will find their moods plummet due to their  psycho-biological ‘inner voice’, scientists claim.

The physical effects of exercising such as  puffing an panting, sweating and pain can trigger varying responses in the brain  depending on the person.

Our responses to exercise may be genetic, according to research by Associate Professor Panteleimon Ekkekakis of Iowa State University 

Our responses to exercise may be genetic, according to  research by Associate Professor Panteleimon Ekkekakis of Iowa State  University

Associate Professor Panteleimon Ekkekakis, an  exercise psychologist at Iowa State University carried out an experiment where  people’s moods were tested when they exercised.

He found that people’s tolerance to the pain  factors caused by exercise could be up to 50 per cent genetic.

Participants were made to exercise until they  were out of breath and reached a point known as their ‘ventilatory  threshold’.

Some participants enjoyed the experience the  harder they worked, while others found their mood dropped and they gave up on  the workout early.

Elite athletes were described as ‘benign  masochists’ by researchers because they appear to enjoy the pain of  exertion.

The research showed that some people’s  physical capacity is much lower than they realise so even low-impact tasks like  cooking dinner could be enough to tire them out.

Our response to the physical effects of exercise could be up to 50 per cent genetic, according to research done by Dr Ekkekakis 

Our response to the physical effects of exercise could  be up to 50 per cent genetic, according to research done by Dr  Ekkekakis

Dr Ekkekakis said: ‘As soon as they get up  and take a few steps they are above their threshold. People do things that make  them feel better and avoid things that make them feel worse. So they  stop.’

But the research found that by using tricks  such as listening to music, people can continue to feel good even slightly past  their ventilatory threshold.

Research done at the University of Essex  found that exercising when surrounded by green natural scenes, as opposed to  red, or black and white surroundings influenced people’s sense of how hard they  were working.

As people approach their maximum capacity,  however, a negative reaction is unavoidable.

For most people this occurs when  their  bodies are exerted to 60 per cent of the maximum capacity their body can cope  with.

For elite  athletes they may be able to work  at 80 per cent capacity before reaching their ‘ventilatory threshould’, while  sedentary people would reach a barrier at just 35 per cent

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