When I was with my mom last week she recounted a conversation she had with a friend about her lack of desire to exercise. She said she didn’t understand how her response to stress was eating, while others was shopping or exercising. She wanted to know why she wasn’t of the exercising kind. Turns out it may be because of her genes. In today’s New York Times Well Blog Gretchen Reynolds writes about a few studies that found an exercise gene.
Looking at twins a group of European researchers found the identical pairs were more likely to share an exercise patterns than the fraternal twins. And then last year a report published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that people who were active tended to have similar variations of several different genes.
So Mom thanks for marrying Dad and passing along the genes that make me an exerciser.