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Why Don’t You Like to Exercise? It May Be Genetics

We all know that exercise is a good behavior, yet some of us continue our sedentary lifestyle. Now a new study published in Journal of Physiology has shown that the explanation for this may be a genetic one, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. When researchers looked at the brains of highly active rats who were offspring of other active rats, they found upregulated genes that coded for the maturation of neurons in the nucleus accumbens, part of the reward center of the brain. Less active rat offspring showed immature neurons in this area and, thus, lacked the reward circuitry system that exercise brought the other group of rats.

Read the article published by The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read it in the Journal of Physiology.