We’ve all done it. Bought that fancy new piece of gym equipment, only to have it sit there, gathering dust or being a glorified and expensive clothes hanger that never gets used for its intended purpose.
For many of us, regular exercise has become a ‘sometimes thing’ as opposed to a regular occurrence in our lives. We’re tired, it might rain, we’ll get sweaty, there’s something on Netflix that we need to watch; our excuses are endless!
Some of us may ask, ‘Is my hatred of working up a sweat in the gym genetic?’ A recent study by the University of Missouri suggests that people who love running may be genetically disposed to doing so. Data collected from the study of two groups of rats revealed that some humans may have genes geared for motivation to exercise, and others may have genes geared for sitting on the couch watching that essential Netflix program.
Obviously, getting up and moving, or sitting around being sedentary are largely choices we make, but for those of us who want to optimize our diet and lifestyle based on our genetic makeup, GTL can help. Using your DNA to find the right exercise for your way of life, the Nutrifit Premium test is the first step towards a fitter, healthier and happier you. The NutriFit Premium test uses Next Generation Sequencing Technology coupled with leading bioinformatics and modern scientific research to help you take the first important step in becoming a fitter, healthier version of your current self. A simple saliva swab is all that is required from you, and in around 4-6 week you will receive a suite of results, based on your genetic makeup.
As well as a host of other reports related to nutrition and lifestyle, you will receive 13 sports reports, which provide comprehensive information on which sports and physical activities are best suited to you. After you’ve looked over your results, you can start your course of action to get active, and what better place to start than with Exercise Right Week!
Exercise Right Week 2019, runs from 20-26 May and is an initiative of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). With a mission to ‘lead and promote excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefits of society and the professions’, ESSA’s vision is ‘to enhance performance, health, and well-being through the science of exercise and sport.’
Exercise Right Week aims to encourage all Australians of all abilities to become more active and healthier, and to exercise in a way that matches their specific needs, skills and capabilities.
Not everyone can be an ultra-marathon runner, just as not everyone can be a gymnast, but everyone can find a physical activity that matches their interest, ability, age, and lifestyle.
The benefits of regular exercise cannot be disputed, and have both short and long term positive effects. These can include weight management, improved cardiovascular health, a decrease in blood pressure, a lower risk of a number of diseases, including Type 2 Diabetes, not to mention an increase in energy, better quality sleep, and improved mental health.
There are many events planned throughout Australia during Exercise Right Week, from large scale group exercise classes to free health assessments conducted by ESSA accredited exercise physiologists, exercise scientists, and sports scientists. The Exercise Right Week website has a comprehensive, state by state list of events.
There is no doubt about the benefits of exercise, be it an amble with the dog each afternoon, or participating in a triathlon. Getting your genes jumping and your DNA dancing with GTL, and meeting like-minded people to share your new found passion with during Exercise Right Week are great ways to kick goals for your health future.