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Hate Working Out? You Can Blame Your Genes For That

For all the tamad girls out there.
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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who religiously exercise and those who feel a certain duty to never leave their bed (hi).

According to new ~*blessed*~ research, there’s something in our genes that can affect the way our brain cells bind with dopamine—the neurotransmitter responsible for that awesome high we get after we work out. Researchers from the University of Georgia examined the exercise habits and brain responses of 3,000 participants.

What they found was that people who don’t experience that surge of dopamine (or feeling of pleasure and reward) when they exercise aren’t as ecstatic or passionate about burning those calories on a regular basis (or at all). Lead researcher Rodney Dishman explains, “Combined with personality measures, we think these genes may help explain why some people have a natural urge to be active, while others never do.”

If you relate to this problem at all, don’t give up. Build a kickass playlist, grab a gym buddy, and push through!

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