How Genetic Is Your Level Of Exercise – Or Lack Of?

by Alejandra "Alex" Ruani — Get free science updates here.

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We all know that moving your body is great for your wellbeing.

But do you struggle to get your trainers on, while everyone else seems to be bouncing from one physical activity to the next?

Why do some people feel rewarded by exercise, while for others it feels like torture?

Might you actually have less control over your activity level than you assume?

Or could your genes determine how much exercise you do? If so, how?

In this report, we assess your level of exercise before diving into the genomics of brain reward, stamina, endurance, power, strength, and athleticism. Get ready for some serious science!

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Conveniently download this 59-page Science Report. Contains links to extra reading materials and scientific references.

Topics covered in this report:

  1. Learning more about yourself
  2. Self-assessment: How active are you?
  3. Calculating your results
  4. Your self-assessment results
  5. Why are some more active than others?
  6. They call it a global pandemic…
  7. Your brain and health on exercise
  8. Reward… or torture?
  9. Is physical activity in your genes?
  10. A brain that wants more
  11. Melanocortin
  12. T alleles vs C alleles
  13. Genes and the leptin receptor
  14. The Quebec study
  15. Is your VO2max fitness genetic?
  16. Maximal oxygen uptake research
  17. PAL heritability estimates
  18. Is it only genes?
  19. What makes elite athletes superior?
  20. Graph: Determinants of physical activity
  21. Biological or psychological?
  22. A fabricated illusion
  23. The “hush-hush” of athletic triumph
  24. Genetics of physical endurance
  25. The ACE gene
  26. Alleles that increase performance
  27. ‘I’ is for endurance
  28. ‘D’ is for power and strength
  29. Figure: Correlates of PAL
  30. More determinants of PAL
  31. Table: PALs in different populations
  32. Calculating PAL
  33. Location, location, location
  34. Familial and parental modelling
  35. Sociodemographic determinants
  36. Wealth, education and… crime?
  37. If it isn’t close…
  38. Improving your level
  39. Your key takeaways
  40. Learn more
  41. References and resources


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Alex Ruani leads the research division at The Health Sciences Academy, where she and her team make sense of complex scientific literature and translate it into easy-to-understand practical concepts for students. She is a Harvard-trained scientific researcher who specialises in cravings and appetite neurobiology, nutrition biochemistry, and nutrigenomics. Besides investigating and teaching the latest advances in health and nutrition science, Alex makes it easier to be smarter with her free Science Catch-ups every other Thursday.
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