Do Some People Not Respond To Exercise?

There has been some confusion about the effect of exercise on people. Does exercise affect everyone the same way? People who go to the gym regularly see this phenomenon all the time. Someone who started with you, becomes way fitter than you, even though both of you are doing the same exercise routine. And someone else who’s been going to the gym for a much longer time is still struggling to get fit.

Is It Possible To Be A Non-Responder?

If you take 10 people and put them on the same workout routine for three weeks, some will improve dramatically, but others may not appear to have changed physiologically at all. In certain cases, a few people may even appear less fit.

This variation got researchers thinking if some people were ‘non-responders’, exercise just doesn’t work for them. However, increasing research into this subject is beginning to indicate that the ‘non-responders’ idea is just a myth.

If you don’t respond to endurance training with long runs or

bike rides, those workouts just aren’t going to do much for you regardless of how long you keep doing them. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE, your goal should be to find the training routine that works for you. The important thing to remember is that everyone responded to something.

Everyone Responds To Exercise Differently

Everyone responds to training, according to research newly published in the Journal of Physiology. The study took 78 healthy adults and divided them into five groups, with each going through one, two, three, four, or five 60-minute workouts every week for six weeks.

Most people who did only one workout each week didn’t become more fit because of the training, but there were also seeming ‘non-responders’ in the groups that worked out two and three times per week.

The researchers took all those ‘non-responders’ and put them in another six-week program which involved doing two additional workouts each week. The result was that everyone’s maximum

power and cardiovascular fitness improved.

This means that exercise is “dose-dependent”, and if your body isn’t responding to training, you probably just need to do more.

There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Workout

Whether you think you’re a non-responder or not, one cannot stress enough on the importance of exercise and physical activity. Statistics show that even modest levels of fitness provide effective protection for health and mortality. However, most people find it hard to even reach the minimum recommended amount of exercise, which is at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.

Now that researchers have proved that non-response to exercise is just a myth and that everyone is capable of improving their fitness with the right exercise, it becomes all the more important that you find the workout routine that works for you. To reach a moderate level of fitness does not require you to sweat it out at the gym for hours on end.

Do What Works For You

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Activities like biking or walking to work instead of driving also contribute to your health and fitness. Your goal should be to build as much physical activity into life as possible. And if you are going regularly to the gym but aren’t seeing enough results, talk to your trainer about rejigging your routine or just trying something completely new.

There is no one workout that is going to work for everyone and it’s up to you to find what works best for your body. When you look at the benefits of exercise for your cardiovascular health and overall stress reduction, the effort to find the right fitness regime is absolutely worth it.