Could Your Genes Affect Your Fitness and Health Goals?
If you have social media accounts, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a picture of a person who looks like a Greek god with their chiseled abs, rippling muscles, and overall toned physique. Meanwhile, there’s you who, no matter how many hours you’ve clocked in at the gym, can’t seem to lose that muffin top from five years ago.
This leaves you wondering if these people are just blessed with really good genes—and if you somehow got the short end of the stick in the genetic draw. To answer to your question: Yes, genetics does play a part in how effectively (or not) we respond to certain workout or weight-loss programs.
Remember what they say about working smart, not hard? The same also applies to your fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to increase strength and muscle mass or improve your cardiorespiratory fitness, having knowledge of genetic differences that you can act upon and building your exercise or diet regimen around this is key to achieving your fitness goals.
If we’re talking about athletic and physical prowess, 50 to 60% of the variation between your skill and another’s can be attributed to genetics, while the rest boils down to external factors such as how hard you train, your type of diet, as well as your lifestyle (for instance, how much sleep you get on average).
It seems simple enough: just figure out where you’re genetically gifted and, conversely, which areas you’re not too well off. However, a more proactive way of using this knowledge to your advantage is by trying to maximize your genetic potential, health- and fitness-wise. Read on to find out more about which genes could be sabotaging your diet and fitness plans, as well as how you can manage them.
(You could also take a DNA test to find out your genetic variations and, from there, have a customized diet or fitness plan created just for you.)