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3557 Posted 6 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Is eating insects the future of sustainability?

Insects are everywhere, but would you eat one? We discover the benefits of eating insects; for sustainability and for our nutrition.

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3556 Posted 7 Days Ago in: Training

Warm Ups: How, Why, What?

Warm ups are the foundation of every exercise that not only promote better performance, but aid recovery after exercise as well. Here's why you should stop and warm up before immediately hitting the weights at gym.

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3555 Posted 8 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy Food Trends 2018

Forecasted nutrition trends in 2018

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3554 Posted 8 Days Ago in: Training

Fitness Trends 2018

Forecasted fitness trends for 2018

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3552 Posted 20 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Win New Year's Without The Excess

New Year's, for some, offers the daunting prospect of having to get raucous when all you really want to do is stay at home and treat it like any old day. But there are other ways to celebrate the coming of the New Year without getting too overboard. Here's how...

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3551 Posted 23 Days Ago in: Training

Goal Setting Done Right

Setting goals is easier said than done... and so we bring you a few ways to become a master of the art.

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3550 Posted 27 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Inventive Ways To Use Christmas Leftovers

You've made all this food for Christmas... too much. And here's how to use leftovers in healthy ways the next day without wasting.

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3549 Posted 29 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Have You Got Everything You Need For Gym?

Getting yourself into the gym is only the first step... what's just as important is accessories you can use to boost your performance. Here's what you need to get off to a flying start!

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3529 Posted 34 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

A Genetically Guided Christmas Dinner

This Christmas you'll be faced with loads upon loads of tasty foods, but is there a way to do it genetically guided?

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3528 Posted 36 Days Ago in: Training

Training Tips During Holiday Season

Holidays are here! Which means a lot more socialising and a lot less time spent training, right? Wrong! Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that you still have a whole lot of fun while keeping your fitness levels at their peak.

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3526 Posted 41 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Should You Eat Breakfast To Lose Weight?

Breakfast, should you or shouldn't you? We investigate the value of eating a big breakfast in order to promote healthy weight loss.

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3525 Posted 43 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Training To Your Genes: Mixed

Your power/endurance profile can give you a deep insight into the way to get the maximum results out of your training by adjusting to where you fall on the spectrum. This week, we focus on mixed bias and what this means for you.

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3524 Posted 45 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit Supports Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

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3523 Posted 48 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Striking a Balance Between Festive Fun and Your Diet

The holiday season has almost arrived, even though you may not have noticed! But how do you stick to your diet and make the most of a time when it's all about socialising and relaxing a little?

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3522 Posted 50 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Training To Your Genes: Endurance Bias

Your power/endurance profile can give you a deep insight into the way to get the maximum results out of your training by adjusting to where you fall on the spectrum. This week, we focus on endurance bias and what this means for you.

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3521 Posted 55 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Do You Eat More When You're Tired?

Eating when you're tired isn't a new thing, but why does it happen?

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3520 Posted 57 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Training To Your Genes: Power Bias

Your power/endurance profile can give you a deep insight into the way to get the maximum results out of your training by adjusting to where you fall on the spectrum. This week, we focus on power bias and what this means for you.

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3519 Posted 62 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How To Stop Weekend Bingeing

The weekend is the time when we all get relaxed, and maybe a little too relaxed with our diets, but it's important to realise that you can still enjoy yourself and keep on track by making a few slight adjustments.

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3518 Posted 64 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Strength, Cardio, and Body Composition

Physique means a lot to people who start training. They either want to lose weight or build muscle, or find an ideal middle ground, here we discuss what you can expect to get out of strength training and cardio.

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3517 Posted 69 Days Ago in: Nutrition

9 Healthy Recipes For Busy People

The days are getting shorter, but you need to make every minute count - especially when you want to stay healthy and focus on your nutrition. This is why quick, easy, and healthy meals are essential.

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3516 Posted 71 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The Sauna and Your Recovery

The sauna has always been a go-to for many people who work out, but what does it do for recovery?

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3515 Posted 76 Days Ago in: Nutrition

How I Learned To Stop Hating And Love Veggies

We need to talk about vegetables...

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3514 Posted 78 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Do You Have To Do 10 000 Steps A Day?

Ever since wearable devices became the norm for anyone wanting to stay fit and track their progress, 10 000 steps per day has widely been regarded as the benchmark for activity levels, but is it necessary to stick to this to stay fit?

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3513 Posted 83 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Tips To Cut Down On Sugar

Sugar is prevalent in many foods and many of us cannot resist it because we've become so accustomed to eating it throughout our lives, yet we know that it is unhealthy. Cutting out sugar altogether is a steep challenge but we have come up with a few tips to help you get started.

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3512 Posted 83 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Are You Eating Too Little?

You're training hard, you're dieting, you want to lose weight and get toned but something's not right, and you aren't getting the results you think you should be. It could be that you are eating too little...

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3511 Posted 85 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Stay Active At Your Desk

Many of us spend so much at our desks that we forget that we need to stay active. Try these techniques to boost your fitness during time spent sitting down during the day!

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3509 Posted 90 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Calories: Are You Eating Too Little?

There's a lot of talk about restricting calories when you want to lose weight, but you need to be careful of how you restrict them because there are unintended consequences linked to not eating enough and not getting enough fuel for your training.

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3508 Posted 92 Days Ago in: Training

Weightlifting vs Calisthenics

Using your body to gain inner strength or relying on external weights to build muscle, which is better?

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3507 Posted 97 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Organic Food - Is It Better?

A lot has been said about organic produce and sustainable eating but is it really better? Most people eat foods that are available at the supermarket so we went on a mission to discover if you should be paying extra, for the good of your health.

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3506 Posted 99 Days Ago in: Training

Slow Training - Should You Be Doing It?

Slow training puts a spin on how you would normally lift heavy weights, but is it better? We did some research to find out if it's something you should include in your training routine

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3505 Posted 101 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

How To Boost Your Testosterone, Naturally

Testosterone is needed to increase your chances of muscle gain, fat loss, lower fatigue during activity, high energy, increased ability to recover appropriately from exercise and can even reduce your susceptibility to injury. This is why it is beneficial to understand how we can boost our levels naturally.

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3504 Posted 104 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Drinking Soda and Your Brain

You may not have thought anything about it, but soda is not only a major cause of weight gain but can also negatively impact the way that your brain works. We investigate how.

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3503 Posted 106 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Am I Normal? Aerobic Trainability

When running customers through their DNAFit reports, a common question I am asked is “Are my results normal?” This is a tough question to answer, because it’s hard to define what normal actually is.

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3502 Posted 106 Days Ago in: Training

Optimise Your Strength Training

Strength training comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you incorporate slight adjustments to your gym routine you’ll find that it’ll be both rewarding and beneficial.

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3501 Posted 111 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Histamine Intolerance: The What and The Why

A histamine intolerance can have different effects depending on your sensitivity. But what is it? And how do you prevent becoming ill from it?

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3500 Posted 113 Days Ago in: Training

Sports Science: Endurance Performance and its markers

How do you become an elite endurance athlete? And are there some predictive markers that can help to determine this? Sports scientist Peter Parel delves into the inner workings of endurance performance and what can lead to being successful.

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3499 Posted 114 Days Ago in: Genetics

What Is Epigenetics?

In the quest to learn more about ourselves on a genetic level, we must understand that genetics only helps to add more pieces to the puzzle, but still cannot answer everything. For this reason, epigenetics has become just as important as genetics when understanding ourselves

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3498 Posted 118 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Biohacking and Our Health

Want to become more human than you ever thought imaginable? Biohacking is a brand new trend where you use everything at your disposal to optimise your life and make this possible!

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3497 Posted 120 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Exercise Routines vs Variations

Do you love your routine? Or do you enjoy changing it up? And what's better? We investigate the benefits of both and help you to decide

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3496 Posted 120 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

Highs & Lows, Using (and not using) Genetics in Elite Sport

DNAFit's Head of Product & Olympic medallist, Andrew Steele, tells his story of learning about his genetic profile after a career of highs and lows.

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3495 Posted 125 Days Ago in: Training

Training Tips For Busy People

Face it, most of our lives are so busy that we struggle to find time to train, but there's hope for you yet! Here are a few ways to fit some valuable exercise in with your schedule.

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3494 Posted 127 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Mood Boost? Eat These Foods

If you're feeling a bit down and don't know how to get out of the slump then these foods can go a long way to making you feel better

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3490 Posted 193 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition

Marmite: Love It Or Hate It? The Answer May Lie In The Genes!

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3489 Posted 134 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Chocolate: Does It Improve Your Mood?

How do you take your chocolate? Science suggests that if you want to get healthy benefits from chocolate then it should be dark.

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3487 Posted 146 Days Ago in: Training

Creatine and training

Creatine is a supplement that is used by weight lifters and athletes in order to increaser their performance levels, especially when it comes to high intensity interval training (HIIT) and resistance training. It pulls water into the muscles and has been shown to increase people’s size, but there is no use in taking it and then not putting in the effort in the gym or on the sports field as you will quickly lose that water weight. The thinking behind why creatine is essential for performance is that it also assists with explosive power and if you are able to lift those one or two reps more at a higher weight every time you train then you will indeed see bigger gains, because of the overall effort that you’re putting in.

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3486 Posted 150 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Food that can reduce inflammation

You see all those athletes and exercise models on Instagram? What if we told you that they suffer from the same thing as you do? Inflammation happens to everyone, it is part of our body’s natural response to damaged tissues and also plays a role in the immune system response. With modern day advances we are now able to see just how much inflammation you’re likely to feel from a strenuous bout of activity through the analysis of your genes. At DNAFit we look at four genetic inflammatory markers - IL6, IL6R, CRP and TNF. Variations in these genes give us a clue if you are predisposed to suffer significantly increased levels or slightly increased levels of inflammation. Knowing your predisposition of this biological phenomenon can make big differences to your training and even more so to your recovery strategies which necessitate your training schedule and ultimately your goals.

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3485 Posted 161 Days Ago in: Nutrition

What is a ketogenic diet?

The Ketogenic Diet takes the science of the low carb diet even further where the majority of the food that you’ll eat will be fats, and only a small amount will be carbs When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Eating less carbs means that your body has to look for other fuel sources to burn, and feeds itself off fats and protein

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3484 Posted 164 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

DNAFit Fitness Report FAQs

We’ve tested a lot of people at DNAFit over the years, and we’ve also got a lot of questions regarding our reports. In this article, our Head of Sport Science Craig Pickering is going to try and cover the answers to the most common questions regarding the fitness report, in the hope that it can increase people’s understanding of what it offer.

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3482 Posted 167 Days Ago in: Training

What is total body resistance training?

Total body resistance training, or TRX, was developed for people who can train anytime anywhere. TRX suspension training engages muscles that you didn’t even know you had! It can be done to strengthen all the muscles of your body and, most importantly, your core because you will be required to use your bodyweight to complete the movements. You can use TRX to do chest press, bicep curls, leg raises, rows and much more while only using your own power. The value in doing such training is that you will be activating your innate strength and creating resistance, making it different from normal bodyweight exercises.

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3481 Posted 171 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Diet Report: FAQ

We asked our Head of Sport Science, Craig Pickering to give us a run through all the frequently asked questions about our diet report. So if you want to find out more about nutrition information you can get from a DNAFit report, read on.

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3480 Posted 174 Days Ago in: Training

Exercise for stress relief

Stress plays a major role in society and can be crippling to some, resulting in them underachieving and just not feeling up to it. It can affect our lives in various ways and is a symptom of society that needs to be stopped, one way or another.

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3479 Posted 178 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit partners with Helix to launch a new suite of DNA-powered fitness and nutrition products

Leading genetics brand DNAFit today announced the launch of five new DNA-based products developed in partnership with Helix, a personal genomics company that today launched the first online marketplace of DNA-powered products. The partnership is the latest exciting step in DNAFit’s mission to help identify how people can exercise, eat right, and live better on a truly personal level. The brand focuses on taking cutting edge science out of the laboratory and into the hands of both ordinary consumers and elite sportspeople, helping them understand how their DNA affects their response to fitness and nutrition changes.

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3478 Posted 182 Days Ago in: Training

Endorphins and Exercise

That feel-good feeling associated with exercise can be directly correlated to chemicals in the brain that stimulate the body to feel this way. These neurochemicals are known as endorphins and are produced in the brain as a reaction to stress and pain. They minimise the negative impact both of these can have on your wellbeing – mind and body – and can also lead to feelings of euphoria in some cases. One of these cases is during exercise. An interview with J. Kip Matthews goes on to explain how "endorphins are also involved in natural reward circuits related to activities such as feeding, drinking, sexual activity and maternal behaviour.”

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3477 Posted 184 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit APPOINT DR. SILVIA CAMPORESI

DNAFit is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Silvia Camporesi to the DNAFit Scientific Advisory Board as External Advisor for Bioethics. A highly respected figure within the field of bioethics, Dr. Camporesi will play a key role in advising best practice on how DNAFit will execute and communicate its consumer genetics messaging and product innovations, at a time when consumers are faced with confusion when choosing between direct-to-consumer genetic products in a market with inconsistent levels of regulation

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3476 Posted 190 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cheat Meals - Are They Ever A Good Idea?

Sticking to diets is difficult, especially in the beginning, and your goal of losing weight and replacing your pudge and chub for a toned physique doesn’t seem that enticing anymore once you have to look at cheeseburgers and pizzas and look the other way, selecting to munch on your salad instead.

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3475 Posted 195 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How To Simplify Your Training?

Simplifying your training doesn’t mean making it easier… Making your training easier or taking shortcuts is a one-way ticket to poor results, plateauing and losing interest in a regular training regime. All the things that are counterproductive, offering no value to your life and adding to the frustration you may sometimes feel at just not making the progress that you expected to make when you first started training and everything was bright, shiny and new. What you always need to be aware of are your goals and that whether you want to get lean, build muscle, or burn fat the principle of making your training to easy-to-understand and follow will never change.

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3474 Posted 205 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Foods That Fill You For Longer

We all love eating, but occasionally you may feel that even after chowing down on your meal, whether it’s at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, that you still feel hungry and are more inclined to rummage through the pantry or sneak into to the kitchen and stare into the humming light of the fridge until you’re coerced to snack on dessert or microwave.

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3473 Posted 212 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Is Low-Sodium Diet Good For Everyone?

Sodium is a key component of many foods regularly consumed by people on a daily basis and although health recommendations often advise otherwise, there is still not enough done to stop people from adding excessive amount of salt to their foods. A major problem with this is that sodium is contained in many regular food products, added to increase the flavor and taste of foods that would otherwise possibly be too bland. But although we all regularly consume sodium every single day, the question is whether or not turning to a low sodium diet is healthy for people. Research has shown that 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular causes that occurred in 2010 were attributed to sodium consumption above a reference level of 2.0 g per day.

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3472 Posted 217 Days Ago in: Training

What is prehab and should you do it?

Prehabilitation describes a systematic approach to identifying common injuries within a specific sport or training regime and then designing an appropriate series of exercises that work toward minimizing their incidence. The identification of common injuries would thus lead to exercises targeting to certain body parts, such as the knees, shoulders, and neck that are at high risk when competing in sport. With this proactive approach to sport and exercise, these body parts with be strengthened and conditioned to the excessive amounts of strain that they undergo.

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3461 Posted 230 Days Ago in: Training

Is breathing important for your workout?

Breathing is often overlooked when people are trying to improve their performance levels. There is so much focus on physical training and diet that we do not take into account that breathing correctly during exercise is important as well. Breathing not only helps with allowing more oxygen to enter into your circulatory system but it also acts as an aid to improving your posture. Inhale deeply, allowing your belly to fill up, and then exhale. You will find that your posture when breathing correctly significantly improves, rather than if you were hunched over performing shallow breathing, or the type of breathing that we do not even take notice of.

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3459 Posted 237 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Why do we get food allergies?

Making up 90% of all food allergies are these foods: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy, according to ACAAI. In most cases, an allergic reaction to one type of food may mean that a person is also sensitive to another similar type of food as allergies and the properties in the food causing an allergy are linked. The reasons behind food allergies are widely diverse and due to this are unclear, and currently there exists a situation where the only available prevention for food allergies is to avoid the foods that you are allergic to altogether.

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3444 Posted 245 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Cooked veg vs raw veg - which is better for you?

We all know that vegetables hold the key to a healthy lifestyle and are beneficial due to their high content of vitamins and nutrients, but is there a difference between raw and cooked vegetables? The question pertains to popular thinking that suggests one may be better than the other, or one nullifies the nutrients while another boosts their value. There is much debate but we took it upon ourselves to investigate a variety of sources in order to ascertain what you should be doing to get the most out of your veggies.

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3440 Posted 248 Days Ago in: Training

What is the best way to train for a marathon?

As with any type of training, marathon training is about understanding and respecting what our bodies can handle whilst simultaneously aiming to maximize response in all the areas that can give us a performance benefit when race day comes. Increasingly, it is less about simply running as many miles as we can, and more about getting the most out of the miles that we actually do run.

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3439 Posted 260 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why should you care about your plate composition?

What is plate composition, you ask? Well, all macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, are important to your overall health and although you may find yourself on a “low carb” diet, that doesn't mean that you should be completely cutting out carbs for good – unless of course you have a food allergy or disease, of course. And this is often overlooked.

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3438 Posted 265 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

How can we tell you about your DNA from one little swab?

The 20,000+ genes that make up your genome hold countless clues to understanding the fundamental processes of human life. Ever since the completion of the Human Genome Project, our knowledge of how we are made has developed at an unprecedented rate. In our case, it opened a new realm of information about your individual fitness and nutrition needs, easily accessible from one little mouth swab.

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3437 Posted 267 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Do We Get Hungry?

Do you find that you’re hungry all the damn time? How many meals do you eat a day? And what do you think about the effect it has on your body? Would you like to change this? Do you sometimes catch yourself at work watching the time tick by for when you can be freed into open society to feast? The answer to all these questions and more, it appears, are hidden in your hormones…

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3436 Posted 272 Days Ago in: Training

How To Improve Your Flexibility?

Can you touch your toes? No bending knees are allowed! This is a question that frequently gets asked when someone’s flexibility comes into question, but it’s not only about that. If you want to become better at training, with reduced soreness, then being flexible is a key component in achieving your goals. By being flexible you won’t feel as stiff after a workout, or the following day, and you’ll be less likely to pick up niggling injuries that can disrupt your progress. What must be the main intended benefit of flexibility that is always discussed is the notion of an increased range of motion. You will be able to do exercises with more freedom, completing training that you never thought you could do before.

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3435 Posted 818 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News

The DNAFit 10-Point Personal Genetics Code of Practice

Since DNAFit began in early 2013, the public understanding and appetite for personal genetic information, especially that which focuses specifically on fitness and nutrition markers, has grown exponentially. This consumer growth is mirrored in the ever-growing number of companies offering such services to the direct consumer, we’ve found at least 19 different companies offering products that report on genetic information related to sporting or fitness performance.

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3434 Posted 281 Days Ago in: Training

How effective is HIIT?

High intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a method of aerobic exercise, and occasionally strength training, that is focused on intense periods of exercise and longer periods of rest than usual. For example, you would be running to almost your maximal capacity for a minute, and then resting for two minutes. This would then be continued for a period of 15 minutes (this is simply an example and, naturally, the length of exercises will vary according to your personal capabilities as the goal is not to expend all of your energy). HIIT exercises are normally not as long as regular exercises because of the high amount of energy you’re expending while “going all out”. It’s because of this that extended periods of recovery are required for your body to deal with the physiological adaptations that are occurring.

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3432 Posted 288 Days Ago in: Genetics

Can genes affect your taste?

We all have people who we know: friends, family, acquaintances, and work colleagues who all have distinctly different tastes when it comes to food. Some like it hot, while others…not so much. Others devour sugary treats in the blink of an eye, and without flinching, while other people wince at the sight of a rich quadruple chocolate dessert; politely declining the offer. The list goes on, but other than getting a “taste” for certain foods, are there other factors at play?

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3431 Posted 295 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy Eating Misconceptions

The world has begun to move towards a personalized view of nutrition whereby the role of the individual is better understood. And from this we can cater specific plans to individuals through methods like genetic testing for food sensitivities. The only issue that remains is that there is a lot of information available and it’s safe to say that not all of it is true, or based on hard evidence. We’ve already pinpointed a few of these and debunked myths but with so much out there we’ve been compelled to bring you a refreshed list of misconceptions about healthy eating you need to re-educate yourself about.

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3430 Posted 297 Days Ago in: Training

Planning Progression in Training

When we train, one of the things we want to happen is that we see improvements in our physical fitness. Whilst this isn’t the only reason most of us train (training can also reduce stress, and it can be a fun social activity), most of us do so to either perform better at sport, look better naked, or both. Being able to optimise your improvements from exercises is like baking a cake; sometimes you can overdo it, and your cake ends up ruined. Sometimes, you might underdo it, and your cake just doesn’t look ready. What we’re chasing is the Goldilocks principle; not too much, not too little, just the right amount.

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3429 Posted 300 Days Ago in: Training

Outdoor Workouts For Spring

The weather is getting better and you might start to feel like going to the gym might be waiting of the valuable time in the sun. Well why not take your workout outside? Have a look at our latest blog for some outdoor workout inspiration.

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3428 Posted 302 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit CELEBRATES TRIPLE NOMINATION FOR SPORTS TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2017

UK based genetics company DNAFit has received nominations within three separate categories for the upcoming Sports Technology Awards 2017, ahead of ceremony on May 4th. Launched in 2014, the Awards are judged by a panel of experts drawn from every aspect of the sports sector, with a focus on championing truly innovative and pioneering work in technology.

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3427 Posted 309 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Best sources of Omega 3

The consumption of omega-3s has reached an all-time high in the health world, and the importance of including fresh fish and nuts and seeds in your diet has seen many people changing their habits for the benefits. On reason this may be is because historically, we’ve seen that populations that consume the most omega-3 foods, like people in Okinawa, Japan, live longer and healthier lives than people who eat a standard diet low in omega-3s.

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3426 Posted 311 Days Ago in: Training

Phototherapy and exercise performance

Athletes are always looking for anything that can give them an edge in their training and competition. Quite often, this leads to new ideas and practices being formed, such as the use of ice baths after training, or high protein diets, which become part of everyday training practices for elite and recreational athletes alike. Every now and again, a certain technique or supplement is developed which doesn’t quite have the same take-up, perhaps because it is difficult to do, or because the research isn’t well publicised.

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3425 Posted 316 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

What to eat when you're training for a marathon?

It’s time to get your trainers on, knees strapped, and nipples lubricated, because marathon season is back and it’s here to stay. For the seasoned runners, we all know that getting into “marathon mode” is different from any other conditioning. This is a battle against the elements, and only the people with the strongest of wills will be left unbroken; save for a few bloody toenails and chafed no-no areas.

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3424 Posted 321 Days Ago in: Training

The Truth Behind Fitness Fads

The fitness industry is perhaps the main industry where consumers are constantly taken advantage of by people and companies keen to swindle them out of their hard-earned money, with the premise of providing them with a service that will give them that perfect body of rock hard abs and muscles that media messages throughout the world continuously manipulate us with. Visions of the ideal. And illusions of the real. These fads usually come and go at an alarming rate, and more often than not pull in a profit for whoever is marketing it, while people are still left without adequate results and not much else. And usually it comes as a result of a lack of common sense or desperation, which means that there’s no way your error is going to get your money back.

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3423 Posted 323 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

The Ultimate Guide to Supplements: Part 2

When you’ve finally settled into your routine and are training regularly, you’ll start hearing about supplements you can take to increase your performance, recovery, and response to various types of exercise. The industry has exploded to the point where it is worth billions, and companies are constantly marketing products in new ways that promise to activate new muscles and make you bigger and stronger than ever before. But do these supplements actually work?

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3422 Posted 325 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

The Impact of the Gut on Sports Performance

The human body is a complex interaction of a number of different systems. When it comes to exercise, we tend to be interested in the physiological systems, such as the cardiovascular system (the heart, arteries and veins, which transport blood, and therefore nutrients, to our working muscles), the pulmonary system (the lungs, which allow us to absorb the oxygen that our cardiovascular system transports), and the musculoskeletal system, which allows us to move.

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3418 Posted 328 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

The Ultimate Guide To Supplements: Part 1

When you’ve finally settled into your routine and are training regularly, you’ll start hearing about supplements you can take to increase your performance, recovery, and response to various types of exercise. The industry has exploded to the point where it is worth billions, and companies are constantly marketing products in new ways that promise to activate new muscles and make you bigger and stronger than ever before. But do these supplements actually work?

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3417 Posted 331 Days Ago in: Training

New tech aiding training and recovery

In this day and age, we are surrounded with various bits and pieces of technology that promise to improve our fitness. This can range from the very cheap to the very expensive, with everything in between. In this article, I take a look at some of these pieces of technology that you can use to improve your training performance.

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3416 Posted 335 Days Ago in: Training

Why do muscles hurt after training?

The exact biochemical cause of muscle soreness is not yet known, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know anything about it. We know, for example, that soreness typically occurs when you expose your body to a stress you are not used to, like trying a new exercise, workout or sport. The soreness is thought to be tied to the same microtrauma which causes muscles adapt to training. This ties in with another observation that soreness is significantly worse after eccentric training (lengthening muscles under load) which includes things like lowering weights and running downhill, and is known to cause more microtrauma than other training styles.

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3415 Posted 339 Days Ago in: Industry News

Fast Company announces DNAFit amongst world's most innovative companies

DNAFit, UK-based consumer genetics company included as Fast Company name the top 10 most innovative companies in data science.

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3414 Posted 342 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Does It Matter When You're Eating Your Biggest Meal?

There is a lot of he said, she said, and myths floating around the world of nutrition and eating habits, and a lot of it has to do with when you should be eating your meals. Breakfast was always considered to be the most important meal of the day, but as you can see, that may not be the case.

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3413 Posted 344 Days Ago in: Training

How To Get Your Training To Stick?

You’ve purchased the gym contract, gone a few times, spoken to friends about signing up for an upcoming race, made little white lies about how often you train, and everything’s petered out a little. That belly you wanted to lose for summer is still there, but you’ve accepted that your beach holiday may be clouded a little by self-consciousness because you just can’t get your training to stick.

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3412 Posted 345 Days Ago in: Training

Ditch The Wine, Hide The Chocolate, And Do Something To Really Get Your Partner’s Heart Racing This Valentine's Day

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a perfect time for a romantic dinner and an evening alone with your significant other. But, as may be aware, dinner followed by alone time is a regular occurrence for most couples so this Valentine’s Day we’re challenging you to do something a little more interesting, and challenging, for the both of you. Because the thought of staying in again for the umpteenth time should make you cringe – especially when there’s so much more you could be doing. So, without further ado, we give you our ideas for an active Valentine’s Day.

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3411 Posted 349 Days Ago in: Training

What are the best sports to get you lean?

We all have different fitness goals – some of us wants bigger muscles, some want to stay fit and improve their endurance. And some of us want to become leaner. If you’re in the last category but feel bored of going to the gym, read on! A great way to go about getting lean is playing sports. Not only are they fun, social, and foster a competitive spirit that will spill into your daily life, but they’re also extremely effective workouts where you don't even realise how much conditioning you’re allowing your body to go through. Mostly focused on cardio, the trick is to not do too much, and focus on sports that require intervals of intensity. This is because your body adapts to cardio and will become fuel efficient like never before. We’ve selected the top sports you should compete in to get the ultimate lean physique.

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3409 Posted 350 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Nutrion Trends 2017

The food industry is a giant in the world today, but it still needs to innovate according to people’s tastes, likes, and dislikes, not to mention contending with damaging relationships via social media where you could wake up in the morning and find your brand plastered all over Facebook. So, in 2017, we think that everyone’s got a little better at being savvy, finding new ways to attract customers and ensure that the hive mind of healthy living and healthy eating is satiated throughout the year. We investigated trends that have been growing for a while now, and bring you a few ideas about what 2017 is going to mean for people and big business, but, in short, it’s all about value and quality.

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3408 Posted 353 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

How to build healthy habits?

As I write this, it’s coming to the beginning of February. This means that, for most people reading this, their New Years Resolutions will already be broken. It’s estimated that fewer than 10% of people are able to stick to their resolutions each year. If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in fitness and health, which means that your resolutions are likely fitness or health orientated. Failing to meet these new resolutions, which happens to most people, can have serious consequences, especially given that close to a third of people in the UK are classed as obese, and many don’t get sufficient exercise.

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3407 Posted 356 Days Ago in: Training

How often should you exercise?

A major question that you need answered more often than not when you start training is how often you should be training. The world is currently in a fragile balance between people into fitness and people who have allowed themselves to become too sedentary.

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3406 Posted 358 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Is Breakfast The Most Important Meal Of The Day?

It’s an age-old-adage that’s stood the test of time, but recent research indicates that it could be that the notion of breakfast being the most important meal of the day doesn't really stand up to any solid academic or scientific testing. Of course, getting your day off to a start with a meal is important but it’s not necessarily the most important meal of the day. Like with most things about nutrition, we are gaining more and more insight into what our bodies really need. Because we’re in the business of genetics, fitness, and nutrition, we also know that everyone is different and there are no all-encompassing truths that fit everyone perfectly – simply due to the fact that we’re all individuals and react differently to certain foods and diet types.

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3405 Posted 360 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review 2016 Part 2

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3404 Posted 363 Days Ago in: Training

What should you do after training?

Now that you’ve got the hard part out of the way, there’s probably something you’ve missed a beat on if after every gym session you’re feeling stiff and sore – which can keep you out of the gym for days. Thing is, while training is important, there are also steps that you need to take following your workout due to oxidative stress and the muscle damage that occurs that allows your body to morph into this new improved you. Recovery isn’t down to a few stretches or eating right, there are a whole myriad of factors at play here that you need to take care of to ensure that you’ll be at your peak every single day.

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3403 Posted 364 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth

Fitness and nutrition have become important aspects of our daily lives today, but with it comes a lot of restriction that forces us to review our eating habits and be more proactive about what we put inside of our bodies. This isn’t a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does mean that a lot of the things that most of us, when we were younger, were obsessed with are now given the big no-no. But there are a lot of us out there who have an insatiable sweet tooth that we simply cannot escape from. Good news is there are still healthy ways to satiate the sweet tooth while remaining true to your health and the quest for the perfect physique.

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3402 Posted 366 Days Ago in: Training, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review Part 1

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3401 Posted 371 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

A day in the life of an athlete - Greg Rutherford

We all have different careers and unique day-to-day activities, but having a normal day job and a routine makes our days similar to each other. What’s interesting though, is finding out what those people who do things a little differently do every day. We connected with Olympic gold medal winner and Greg Rutherford MBE to find out what a day in the life of a professional athlete is like.

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3400 Posted 374 Days Ago in: Nutrition

How does it feel to go vegetarian for a month?

Our content writer Daniel volunteered to go meat-free for a month. Here's how he managed to cope and how it affected his everyday life and training.

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3399 Posted 383 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Your New Year's Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s resolution list yet? Love’em, or hate’em, they have been around for a while. History tells us that the origin of New Year’s resolutions is attributed to Babylonians in Mesopotamia some 4000 years ago. But it wasn't any New Year’s celebration. Resolutions were made over 12 days in March/April during the festival of Akitu. It is indicated that promises were made to the gods in the hope that these people would earn good favour in the coming year. This was even in the time before New Year’s was on January 1st, which was only established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. and then cemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

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3397 Posted 388 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Why Eating Too Much Makes Us Sleepy?

Ever felt exhausted after eating? Like you could just fall into a deep sleep right where you’re sitting? Well, it’s a natural response that can be explained due to a myriad of factors. And now that it’s holiday season, you’ll more than likely be eating a little more than usual over Christmas, loading up on plate after plate of food. All your relatives have brought their own dish and you have to try everything so that no one gets offended. After eating such a big meal, you may find yourself ready for bed – and here’s why.

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3396 Posted 393 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Should You Stick To Your Diet During Christmas?

Christmas is around the corner and we all know what it means – food, drink and some quality time with friends and family. We’d be lying to ourselves if we said that we don’t eat and drink way too much over Christmas – pretty sure everybody does it. And it’s a very ok thing to do (in moderation of course). There’s nothing wrong with treating holidays like they’re one big cheat day – you deserve it. There’s so much temptation around you that resitting it is very likely to just stress you out. So here’s few tips on how to actually enjoy Christmas without feeling guilty (and also without completely ruining your workout)

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3395 Posted 395 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 32 - HLA DQ2 & DQ8

It is now known that there are two genes, called HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8, which are found in about 99% of people with coeliac disease. However, these genes are also present in about 35% of people with coeliac disease. So whilst the majority of people with coeliac disease have the HLA DQ2/DQ8 gene variants, the majority of people with these genes don’t have coeliac disease. This is because coeliac disease only affects about 1% of people. So, if we have 100 people, about 35 of these people will have the HLA DQ2 or DQ8 genes, but only one of them will have coeliac disease.

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3394 Posted 398 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

7 Ways Sleep Affects Your Training And Nutrition

How exactly do you stay in shape? There’s so much information going around but the key ingredients seem to be a healthy diet, coupled with aerobic exercise and strength training. Simple, right? Well, not so much… What’s the other key ingredient for losing weight, staying fit, and building muscle? The short answer – sleep. Think about when you’ve had a poor night’s sleep, for whatever reason, and then think about having to go to gym the next morning and stick to your low carb, low fat, or Mediterranean diet. More than likely, none of those things are going to be on your wishlist. And that’s because sleep massively contributes to our overall wellbeing and brain activity. Below we’ll take you through the ways in which sleep deprivation affects diet and exercise, and explain why getting enough sleep is crucial.

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3393 Posted 400 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Energy-Packed Foods For Long Winter Days

The days are getting longer and many of us probably feel like we need a little extra boost to help us get through the day, especially during the busy and slightly stressful pre-Christmas period. Good news is you don’t need copious amounts of caffeine to get that energy boost – sometimes simply adjusting your diet a little bit might be just what you need. Below we’ll take you through a few of the top foods that can help you get you the much needed energy boost.

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3392 Posted 405 Days Ago in: Training

Best Christmas Gifts For The Friend Who's Really Into Fitness

Still trying to find a perfect gift for that friend who is really into exercise? Don’t worry, at DNAFit we specialise in this sort of thing, so take a look at five quick gift ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life that’ll be sure to go down well:

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3391 Posted 407 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition

Am I Normal? A review of over 17,000 DNAFit Results

When running customers through their DNAFit reports, a common question I am asked is “Are my results normal?” This is a tough question to answer, because it’s hard to define what normal actually is. For all the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) we test for, each individual genotype is quite common; the least common genotype occurs in about one in twenty people, which means that in the UK over three million people who have that specific version.

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3390 Posted 409 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Is this the ultimate proof that New Year’s resolutions aren’t actually working?

New Year’s resolutions – we all make them, but why? Turns out we have been making them for thousands of years. It all started in ancient Babylon, with people making promises to gods hoping they will earn good favour in the coming year. Whether it’s wishing for better success with love, health, fitness, or anything else – we use the new year, the notional break and reset in our calendar, to promise ourselves the resolve to improve or change ourselves for the better over the next 12 months.

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3389 Posted 409 Days Ago in: Training

Gene in Focus - Part 31: IL6R

The next gene in our series of articles taking a closer look at those that make up the DNAFit reports is IL6R. This gene is closely related to IL6, which we discussed a few months ago, as it encodes for Interleukin-6 receptor, which is what IL6 binds to – influencing the action of IL6 within the body. There are two different alleles associated with this single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP); the C allele and the A allele. Typically, those with at least one C allele tend to have higher levels of IL6R. This was shown in a 2004 study, whereby in a group of 70 subjects, those that were C allele carriers had significantly higher levels of IL6R. This is important because higher levels of IL6R within the blood tend to mean higher levels of IL6 too. For example, a 2007 study found that those with the CC genotype had almost 1.5 times higher levels of IL6 compared to AA genotypes, whilst AC genotypes had about 1.1 times higher levels.

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3388 Posted 414 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Are protein shakes necessary when you're training?

If your training focus is to build or maintain muscle, then it’s good practice to support your training with increased macronutrient intake – especially protein. You can get protein from poultry, meat, seafood, eggs and a couple of other vegetarian sources, and it’s always best to aim to get the majority of your nutrition from whole foods. But if you struggle to take in enough protein through food alone, then you could benefit from getting an extra boost, and this is where protein shakes come in.

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3387 Posted 416 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus - Part 30: ADRB3

This week we are investigating ADRB3, a gene which appears in our fat sensitivity panel. This gene encodes for beta-3-adrenergic receptors, which are located mainly is fat tissue. They play a role in breaking down fat for use as energy, and a small change in this gene, known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), is thought to determine how well we can tolerate saturated fats.

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3386 Posted 419 Days Ago in: Training

8 new fitness classes to try this winter

The world of fitness is in constant flux, rapidly changing as new techniques and exercises are fused with other recreational activities, in order to create brand new ways of training, keeping things fresh and fun. These new classes implement sports such as ballet, the inspiration of drumming, or take a revolutionary look at how to make classes such as spinning that much more engaging. Below we’ll be taking a look at new fitness classes that you should try if you’re keen on a challenge that could potential suit other interests in your life.

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3385 Posted 421 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Intermittent Fasting: An Eating Pattern, Not An Eating Plan

Intermittent fasting means eating your calories during a specific window of the day, and choosing not to eat food during the rest. It is an “eating pattern”, and can be implemented in a variety of ways, while maintaining the need to ‘fast’. Once you get past the idea of not eating for up to 24 hours, and then consuming all of your calories, it differs from fad diets because it’s actually easier to follow than you think.

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3384 Posted 423 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in focus: Part 29 - TRHR

The next gene in our “Gene in Focus” series to get put under the spotlight is TRHR. This gene encodes for the thyrotropin-releasing hormone receptor, which is a receptor for a hormone called thyrotropic-releasing hormone (TRH), which is released from the hypothalamus. When TRH binds to TRHR, it causes a number of different cellular signals to occur, which in turn stimulate the thyroid gland to produce thyroxin, which in turn plays a role in the growth and development of skeletal muscle. Small changes in the TRHR gene mean that the hormone receptor is not quite as good at binding with TRH, which in turn can reduce or limit the amount of muscle that can be produced following training.

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3383 Posted 426 Days Ago in: Training

Indoor vs Outdoor Training

Many of us frequent the gym to get the majority of our exercise done, indoors, while other people prefer to take things on in the great outdoors – running, cycling, and making use of the hidden wonder the “outdoor gym”. But which one is actually better?

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3382 Posted 430 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 28 - PPARGC1A

This week to turn our attention to PPARGC1A, or as we call it at DNAFit, “the one with the long name”. This gene encodes for a protein called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1a), which causes some of the positive changes that occur in our body following exercise. One of the ways that exercise can lead to improvements is through something called mitochondrial biogenesis, which is the production of new mitochondria within the muscle itself.

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3381 Posted 433 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

Should you eat before or after your workout?

Exercise, in reality, is only optimally beneficial when coupled with a perfectly balanced diet. So while we all spend the day eating and staying active, it makes sense that what we actually need to be eating for the best results, should be a priority. But what do should you eat before your workout, and after, to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best chance of reaching your goals?

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3380 Posted 435 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Everything You Need To Know About The Paleo Diet

You might have heard about some of your more health-conscious friends going “Paleo” and starting to follow the Paleo diet. Popularised by media and celebrities in the past few years, Paleo diet is currently one of the most on “trend” ones. So is it just another fad or is Paleo diet here to stay? And should you try it?

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3379 Posted 437 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 27: CAT & GPX1

This week we look at two genes that form part of our antioxidant needs section of the DNAFit Diet report, called CAT and GPX1. The gene that carries the most weight in this section is SOD2, which we have looked at previously in this series. If you can’t remember that far back, SOD2 is an antioxidant enzyme, and small changes in the SOD2 gene can lead to that enzyme working better or worse, which can increase how much of the antioxidant nutrients you require. CAT and GPX1 play a supportive role here.

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3378 Posted 440 Days Ago in: Training

Yoga Poses To Help You Tone Up

You all need to know one thing before reading this: Yoga is legit exercise. Yoga may not make use of heavy weights so that you bulk up with massive muscles. And it sure doesn't stack up if you’re used to high intensity cardio sessions to get your heart pounding but it isn’t these things because it doesn't have to be.

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3377 Posted 444 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 26: FABP2

This week we turn our attention to FABP2, a gene that appears in both the carbohydrate and saturated fat parts of our reports. This gene creates a protein called Fatty Acid Binding Protein-2, which is found in our small intestines. FABP2 binds to the various different fatty acids, and allows them to be absorbed into the body.

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3376 Posted 447 Days Ago in: Training

The Guide To Training Over 40: If You Train

When we talk about training over 40 we don’t necessarily mean that when you hit 40 a switch immediately flips, resulting in you having to make drastic changes. Your body may theoretically be changing but there’s nothing like some good old fashioned lung-busting, blood pumping exercise to keep the hounds of age at bay.

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3375 Posted 450 Days Ago in: Training

The Guide To Training Over 40: Starting Out

We know how you feel… You’re older and have never really committed to training, or you may feel as though the prospect of getting in the gym or running on the road is too daunting – that’s it too late. It’s not. Although it may seem as though starting now may do more harm than good, it’s actually pretty much the opposite.

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3374 Posted 451 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 25 - TNF

This edition’s gene is TNF, which creates tumor necrosis factor. TNF is a pro-inflammatory cytokine - higher levels of TNF are associated with higher levels of inflammation, which can have an impact on various health risks, as well as our ability to recover from exercise. Higher levels of TNF following exercise are associated with higher levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP); this drives inflammation, requiring longer recovery times between hard training sessions.

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3373 Posted 454 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

The Guide To Training Over 40: What Happens To Your Body When You Get Older?

There are pros and cons as you get older, and a little more decline if you’re into training, but there are also interventions that you can make to adapt to changes and maintain a lifestyle of efficiency long into what is perceived as old age. First, we’ll take you through the changes that occur when you get older:

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3372 Posted 456 Days Ago in: Nutrition

Meal replacement shakes - are they healthy?

By now, even if you haven’t tried one, you should be well aware that there are shakes out there that are packed with all the nutrients of the whole foods you eat daily. It means that instead of actually making a meal or weighing up calories before engorging yourself you can just as easily get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need in one foul slurp. But are these meal replacement shakes healthy?

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3371 Posted 458 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 24 - NRF2

This week we look in depth at NRF-2, a gene that appears in our power-endurance panel. This gene creates nuclear respiratory factor 2, which plays a role in allowing some of the improvements that happen following endurance training, including increases in the number of mitochondria we have, a process called mitochondrial biogenesis. There are a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within this gene, but the one we are most interested in is rs7181866, as this one has the most evidence supporting its inclusion in our panel.

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3370 Posted 465 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition

Gene in Focus: Part 23 - PPARG

This week we look at PPARG, a gene that appears in both our carbohydrate and fat sensitivity panels within our diet report. This gene creates a protein known as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, which plays a role in the formation of fat cells, as well as the use of fats and carbohydrates as a source of energy.

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3369 Posted 468 Days Ago in: Training

Have we been doing the wrong warm up this whole time?

Warming up before exercise or sport is done to prepare your body for the weighted lifts, intense running and sporting activity to come. It’s most important for sports because the movements that you make on, say, the football pitch are normally explosive and unpredictable. Think about it…

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