Letshego Zulu
3 minute read
9 May 2022
1:07 pm

Here’s how your genetics influences the type of exercise you’re suited for

Letshego Zulu

Eating and exercising in sync with your DNA can work wonders to keep you fit, build lean muscles and lose weight in a smart way.

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Genetics have a significant influence on many aspects of our life – from height to eye colour, weight and whether we develop certain health conditions. And recent reviews have shown that our genetic make-up even influences whether or not we’re suited to a certain type of exercise. To understand how genetics impact the way we exercise, it’s important first to understand why we adapt to exercise in the first place. “Adaptation” refers to the body’s ability to make subtle improvements that help it better cope with a new exercise or challenge. One example of this would be increased muscle mass...