So many of us spend hours at the gym or doing HIIT workouts at home in the hope of becoming the next Joe Wicks or Kayla Itsines. Yet sometimes, despite our best efforts, often the results don’t match the blood, sweat and tears we put into our burpees.
And while some of this may come down to that entire chocolate cake we ate last night, could it be that our bodies just aren’t designed for certain types of exercise?
Determining how your body works
One of the most visible ways of seeing how your genetics influence your body’s strength is by looking at its shape. Some people are born naturally skinny and struggle to build large muscles, while other people seem to bulk up as soon as they lift a dumbbell.
Your DNA could be having a direct impact on how your body deals with muscle building, speed and agility, and muscle recovery. There are certain genes that determine how your muscles function, your blood circulation, oxygen levels, and inflammation levels. These all play a part in determining whether or not your body is well equipped for intensive weightlifting sessions or long-distance running. Let's take a look at just some of the things your genetics can tell you ...
- Endurance levels
If you're someone who struggles to do long distance exercise, this may be because your genes are not effectively producing the enzymes and proteins you need to maintain this endurance. Maybe you're better suited to sprint exercises. Perhaps you should try out some HIIT workouts for a quick burst of cardio.
- Cardio or strength
Weights or running on the treadmill? How you perform at either cardio or strength training is down to your unique genetic makeup.
- Risk of injury
Certain genes can be associated with a higher risk of injury and joint injuries specifically. If you've got some of this gene, you may be better off doing lower impact exercises like swimming, instead of higher intensity ones. It's also worth knowing about your risk of injury so you can take the right precautions.
- Muscle function
Some people have an affinity for aerobic exercises, due to high muscle efficiency with improved blood vessel growth. Others might not have this attribute and therefore are less primed for altitude training.
- Fat loss from different exercises
Trying to lose weight? If you're struggling to shift the pounds, it might be down to your genes and which exercise you're doing. DNA can determine what type of exercise will affect your body fat percentage and BMI the most.
Test yourself: take a DNA fitness test
By taking a DNA fitness test and understanding your genetic makeup, you can have a better understanding of the types of exercise that work best for your body. By learning that you are designed for short, power exercises such as sprints or HIIT workouts as opposed to long-distance marathons, you will be able to programme your exercise routines to get the best out of your body.
If you're currently struggling to lose weight, build muscles or increase your endurance, you may find that your DNA will reveal the best exercise to help you reach your fat loss targets.
The Evergreen Life DNA fitness test provides you with an overall insight into the genes that affect your fitness and strength. It will give you a fascinating and deep understanding into how your body functions, allowing you to build a fitness routine designed specifically for you.