The real reason why you 'feel the burn' during exercise...and five ways to ignore it

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Turns out our chest muscles are limiting our fitness goals in the gym...

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If you've ever wondered why an hour in the gym is just so darn exhausting, you'll be pleased to know there's new scientific research blaming our 'electrical activation'.

Yay! We're not just lazy...

Anyhoo, according to research by human movement expert, Dr Dennis Jensen, women will get more knackered than men in the gym because of the over-active electrics in our chest muscles.

Now before you blame your boobs, we're talking about your chest muscles...you know, the ones around your lungs, diaphragm and ribs.

Basically, women have 'greater electrical activation' of the muscles that control breathing, which makes it harder to breathe during exercise. Consequently you won't be taking in enough oxygen, leading to muscle fatigue and stitch.

Scientists believe this is the reason why men can outrun women and why they can recover more quickly from hardcore exercise. Damn it.

Dr Jensen has revealed, "Our findings indicated that greater electrical activation of the respiratory muscles during exercise in women is needed to compensate for their biologically smaller lungs, airways and breathing muscles."

So, we're being punished for having a smaller body...serious genetics fail!

The next time you feel the burn in the gym (and begin to consider death as a valuable alternative to another 30 seconds of agonising sweaty pain on the treadmill) remember these top five distraction techniques to help you burn just a few more calories. You know, before you pass out on the floor...



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