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3559 Posted 2 Days Ago in: Training
Tabata is another form of HIIT exercise that is much shorter but highly effective due to the intensity it puts your body under.
3557 Posted 7 Days Ago in: Nutrition
Insects are everywhere, but would you eat one? We discover the benefits of eating insects; for sustainability and for our nutrition.
3556 Posted 8 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3555 Posted 9 Days Ago in: Nutrition
Forecasted nutrition trends in 2018
3554 Posted 9 Days Ago in: Training
Forecasted fitness trends for 2018
3552 Posted 21 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
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...
3551 Posted 24 Days Ago in: Training
Setting goals is easier said than done... and so we bring you a few ways to become a master of the art.
3550 Posted 28 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3549 Posted 30 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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!
3529 Posted 35 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
This Christmas you'll be faced with loads upon loads of tasty foods, but is there a way to do it genetically guided?
3528 Posted 37 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3526 Posted 42 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
Breakfast, should you or shouldn't you? We investigate the value of eating a big breakfast in order to promote healthy weight loss.
3525 Posted 44 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
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.
3523 Posted 49 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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?
3522 Posted 51 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
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.
3521 Posted 56 Days Ago in: Nutrition
Eating when you're tired isn't a new thing, but why does it happen?
3520 Posted 58 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
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.
3519 Posted 63 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
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.
3518 Posted 65 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3517 Posted 70 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3516 Posted 72 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
The sauna has always been a go-to for many people who work out, but what does it do for recovery?
3515 Posted 77 Days Ago in: Nutrition
We need to talk about vegetables...
3514 Posted 79 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
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?
3513 Posted 84 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3512 Posted 84 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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...
3511 Posted 86 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
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!
3510 Posted 87 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News
3509 Posted 91 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
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.
3508 Posted 93 Days Ago in: Training
Using your body to gain inner strength or relying on external weights to build muscle, which is better?
3507 Posted 98 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3506 Posted 100 Days Ago in: Training
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
3505 Posted 102 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3504 Posted 105 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3503 Posted 107 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
When running customers through their DNAFit reports, a common question I am asked is â€śAre my results normal?â€ť This is a tough question to answer, because itâ€™s hard to define what normal actually is.
3502 Posted 107 Days Ago in: Training
Strength training comes in all shapes and sizes, and if you incorporate slight adjustments to your gym routine youâ€™ll find that itâ€™ll be both rewarding and beneficial.
3501 Posted 112 Days Ago in: Nutrition
A histamine intolerance can have different effects depending on your sensitivity. But what is it? And how do you prevent becoming ill from it?
3500 Posted 114 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3499 Posted 115 Days Ago in: Genetics
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
3498 Posted 119 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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!
3497 Posted 121 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
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
3496 Posted 121 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News
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.
3495 Posted 126 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3494 Posted 128 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
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
3493 Posted 133 Days Ago in: Industry News
3490 Posted 194 Days Ago in: Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition
3489 Posted 135 Days Ago in: Nutrition
How do you take your chocolate? Science suggests that if you want to get healthy benefits from chocolate then it should be dark.
3487 Posted 147 Days Ago in: 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 peopleâ€™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 youâ€™re putting in.
3486 Posted 151 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
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 bodyâ€™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 youâ€™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.
3485 Posted 162 Days Ago in: Nutrition
The Ketogenic Diet takes the science of the low carb diet even further where the majority of the food that youâ€™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
3484 Posted 165 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics
Weâ€™ve tested a lot of people at DNAFit over the years, and weâ€™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 peopleâ€™s understanding of what it offer.
3482 Posted 168 Days Ago in: Training
Total body resistance training, or TRX, was developed for people who can train anytime anywhere. TRX suspension training engages muscles that you didnâ€™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.
3481 Posted 172 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3480 Posted 175 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3479 Posted 179 Days Ago in: Industry News
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 DNAFitâ€™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.
3478 Posted 183 Days Ago in: Training
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 â€“ mind and body â€“ 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.â€ť
3477 Posted 185 Days Ago in: Industry News
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
3476 Posted 191 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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 doesnâ€™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.
3475 Posted 196 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition
Simplifying your training doesnâ€™t mean making it easierâ€¦ 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.
3474 Posted 206 Days Ago in: Nutrition
We all love eating, but occasionally you may feel that even after chowing down on your meal, whether itâ€™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 youâ€™re coerced to snack on dessert or microwave.
3473 Posted 213 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3472 Posted 218 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3461 Posted 231 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3459 Posted 238 Days Ago in: Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3444 Posted 246 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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.
3440 Posted 249 Days Ago in: Training
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.
3439 Posted 261 Days Ago in: Nutrition
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 â€ślow carbâ€ť diet, that doesn't mean that you should be completely cutting out carbs for good â€“ unless of course you have a food allergy or disease, of course. And this is often overlooked.
3438 Posted 266 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Nutrition
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.
3437 Posted 268 Days Ago in: Nutrition
Do you find that youâ€™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 hormonesâ€¦
3436 Posted 273 Days Ago in: Training
Can you touch your toes? No bending knees are allowed! This is a question that frequently gets asked when someoneâ€™s flexibility comes into question, but itâ€™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 wonâ€™t feel as stiff after a workout, or the following day, and youâ€™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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