|Running the Jerusalem Half-Marathon in 2009|
The rats of "active parents" were likelier to exercise. When scientists examined their brains, they found that the running rats' Nucleus Accumbens lit up while exercising. WTH are Nucleus Accumbens? Well, it's part of the brain that is associated with pleasure and enjoyment.
All of this is published in the Journal of Physiology and is better explained in Parade.
So are are you destined to hate exercise? Not so much. The lead researcher in the study, Missouri biomedical professor Frank Booth, Ph.D., indicated that no matter what deck of gene cards you're handed "people can decide to exercise".
|Taking a barre class at exhale spa|
Hardwired to exercise or not, it's one of the few things you can do that can instantly lift your mood. Don't believe me? Go for a walk for thirty minutes. I dare you to tell me you don't feel better.
As I have gotten older, exercise isn't so much about looking better. It's about feeling better. This approach to exercise can work for you, too. It's the one thing you can do to set the tone for the day and improve your outlook automatically.