You see people that seem to have the sweat-obsessed gene and you wonder why your parents didn’t give it to you? New research suggests you can override your lazier DNA to make yourself crave exercise and fall in love with your workout.
When it comes to choosing to work out or not, we all fall somewhere on the continuum of people who are driven to move and those who live to lounge.
What dictates your position on the line? A recent, groundbreaking study at the University of Missouri revealed that it is indeed a genetic factor that affects the taste for exercise.
Researchers found that those who are more active had more receptors for the feel-good chemical dopamine, which provided a rush from exercise, wheres those that slacked had few. But experts are quick to point out that despite your genetic predisposition, you can change your destiny. Below are some tips to help you fall in love with exercise.
Thinking is Believing
Simply believing that you are an athlete and that you love exercise has proved successful in boosting motivation, intention and outcome. It’s that old adage, “Fake it until you make it.” Say this mantra: “I love exercise. I need exercise to feel empowered!”
Get over the Hump
The hardest part is starting. Defining what “starting” is will be different for everyone. For some, it’s starting after a long dry spell on non-activity, maybe even years. For others, starting simply means driving to the gym and getting through the first ten minutes of a daily workout. No matter what starting is for you, get over it. As Nike puts it, “Just Do It.”
Focus on the Positive
Exercising has instant perks. If you can focus on the positive feelings and empowerment each good workout instantly offers, you will more likely fall in love with your workout and thwart off the negative feelings that come along with waiting around to see results.
Don’t blame your genes. Get fit and fall in love with your workout.