Researchers have toiled over why 60 percent of Americans don’t get enough physical activity and why 25 percent are not active at all. According to a survey by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, most people don’t exercise for reasons linked to motivation. Here are the top excuses:
- 40% – “I don’t have time.”
- 20% – “I get enough exercise in my day-to-day schedule”
- 12% – “ Exercise is boring”
- 10% – “I’m too old to exercise”
- 9% – “Exercise is unnecessary.”
- 7% – “I’m too tired”
When it comes to weight loss and weight management, more people turn to dieting than to exercise for weight loss. Exercise requires more time, effort and knowledge than following the latest fad diet – in the minds of many. Even science tends to focus on weight loss pills that curb your desire to eat or inhibit the body from absorbing the fat in your diet. No pill has been remarkably effective and without deadly side effects.
Researchers in Sweden have taken a different approach, instead of bottling a magic diet or the impossible task of bottling exercise, why not bottle the motivation to exercise? A team of Swiss researchers discovered that when a hormone in the brain, erythropoietin (Epo) was elevated in mice, they were motivated to exercise. Their work was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and brings hope for future studies and the development of a drug. Scientists are also hopeful that the discovery will aid patients suffering from conditions that may improve with exercise, like Alzheimer’s disease.