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Is DNA testing the way to fitness?

Is DNA testing the way to fitness?

The New Year sees gyms swell with enthusiastic bodies determined to get fit. But many will give up and be back on the couch before Valentine ’s Day.

What if your personal DNA was to blame for quitting? Working with your genes could mean that this year you stick with it and reach those fitness goals.

Many New Year’s resolutions are quickly dropped because people haven’t achieved the results they were looking for. Exercise scientists say our genes determine fitness and that a person’s fitness potential is pre-determined.

A DNA test could tell you the most beneficial workouts and diet for optimum results without wasting effort.

You can discover whether you are more suited to sprints or marathons, if you should cut carbs or not, how much time your body needs to recover and even your metabolic age.    

How can I take a DNA test?

One UK company DNAFit  have created a direct-to-consumer saliva test which reads 20 genes linked to muscle composition, how hard the heart works, blood pressure and other key factors to fitness.  This generates a customized exercise profile which can be used by clients to create a personalised exercise plan. DNA tests, costing from around £100, have been taken by many people, including elite athletes.

However, experts disagree about how much our DNA affects our fitness potential. Many also feel that the testing should go through a qualified third party, such as a trainer or doctor, who can interpret the data better than a casual exerciser.

Nevertheless, great results are reported from DNA testing. These include losing 33% more weight, increased metabolism, plummeting cholesterol levels and increased personal best times.

So should you take a DNA test? Your body often has the answers, so listen to your gut. 

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.