Genetically Programmed To Be Lazy

Genetically Programmed To Be Lazy There are occasions when you don't feel like getting out of bed for a morning run or leaving the couch for an afternoon session in the weight room. Unfortunately, there are people who feel this way all the time. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology suggests they made be genetically programmed to live a sedentary lifestyle.

To test this theory, researchers from the University of Missouri tracked the voluntary running wheel usage of 52 lab rats for 6 days. Those who ran the most were bred with other active rodents, and the less active rats were bred the same way. This breeding pattern continued for 10 generations. The final generation of active rats ran 10 times more often than rats bred to be lazy, and an examination of over 17,000 genes showed differences in 36 related to physical activity and motivation.

True Strength Moment: Rats might give in pretty easily when it comes to lack of exercise motivation, but humans have the ability to override inactive tendencies. Exercise your willpower and add some pre-workout motivation to the equation by mixing up a fruit flavored anytime energy drink if you think that will help.
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