Genetics and the Power of Exercise


We all know people who can eat what they want, do little, if any, exercise, and still have bodies that look amazing.

And then there are the rest of us.

Those who work out hard, watch what they eat, because if they didn’t, they shudder to think how they’d look and feel.

But now there’s good news for anyone who exercises.

Exercise has the power to change how your body’s DNA works.

That’s right; your genetic actions.

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden took 23 men who were a little overweight and who did not exercise and they looked at their DNA. The researchers then put the 23 men on a six-month workout routine that consisted primarily of cardio.

Results from the study, published in PLOS Genetics, were impressive.

Of the approximately 20,000 genes in the human body, changes were observed in the participants in approximately 7,000 of those genes.

Specifically, they looked at how exercise changed the genetic communication and actions on body fat, even on changes in the genes that affect obesity and diabetes.

That’s huge and yet another reason to keep the power of exercise as a part of your daily life.

Written by: For the Health of It

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