Ever wonder why some folks sprint up mountains with a smile on their face, while others can not stand the thought of leaving their couch?
A 2013 study by the American Society For Nutrition compared physical activity levels of twins by tracking their average daily movement, heart rate, and acceleration data. The study concluded that approximately half (47 percent) of our motivation to exercise depends on genetic factors.
Before we blame our ancestors, however, it’s necessary to understand how this behavior is regulated in the brain. Is there a way to alter our predetermined path from a couch potato to an exercise aficionado?