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When it Comes to Fitness, Genetics Might Matter Less Than You Think

Coach Emily shares some recent research about DNA.


As always, take this with a grain of salt and interpret as you see fit because studies (peer-reviewed or not) likely don't tell the full story, BUT...

A new study published in the Journal of Psychology, says when it comes to fitness, our DNA matter less than you think. To find these results, researchers studied 42 sets of twins over a six month period, all of whom had been sedentary and all of whom embarked on the same fitness program for six months.

Alas, they did not achieve anywhere near identical results, despite their identical (or similar) DNA.

So what does that mean for you?

Well, if you don't feel like you're where you want to be and are blaming your genes for this—"I'll just never see the same results as so-and-so, who is a genetic marvel born with the creme de la creme Deoxyribonucleic acid"—it could mean that it's time to stop blaming your DNA.

It could also mean you need to start looking at other lifestyle factors, such as improving your sleep, decreasing your stress, or being more consistent with your nutrition. Maybe it means leaning on your coach to take a closer look at what you're doing that might be currently holding you back.

But, this is not meant to be a negative message. In fact, it should be an empowering one: A message that instills hope that you're not doomed because of who your parents were. Thank goodness, right?

Just some food for thought: You might have more power over your results than you think.

- Sincerely, a very bored Coach Emily in 14-day isolation.