Not at all people are the same. What could be difficult for one to accomplish might be easy to carry out for another. This means in order to achieve optimum fitness, health, and wellness it’s vital to obtain the kind of training that matches your DNA and body mechanics. By getting that kind of training and diet, not only can you get optimized results, but you also don’t have to exert too much effort and potentially put your health and safety at risk.
However, most mature athletes and fitness enthusiasts today are unable to get the benefit of being able to train according to what their genes dictate.
Training According to Your DNA
As a result, no matter how hard they train, their body doesn’t seem to achieve the level of fitness and performance that is optimized for the sports or physical activities they want to perform.
Mark Sisson, an expert on the Paleo diet and lifestyle and creator of Mark’s Daily Apple, a blog dedicated to “primal living in the modern world,” shares some tips on how you can train according to your DNA and body mechanics. According to him, most people have missed the opportunity to live the way just like our ancestors did in the first 10 to 20 years of their life. They did this by eating the wrong kinds of food and not moving enough.
Chronic Cardio: Reason for Downfall
While it is indeed true that the lack of physical activity can be detrimental to our health, the same thing can be said for moving too much, especially when you do it the wrong way. Most people think that the more we move, the better. However, Mark revealed that too much movement can lead to what fitness experts call as “chronic cardio.”
Mark himself admits to being guilty of doing too much physical activities and succumbing to chronic cardio when he was younger. According to him, it was the “reason for his downfall.” As an endurance athlete and a marathoner, he trained constantly to get better in his craft. And the more he gets better, the more inclined he is to train further.
Too Much Strength, Not Enough Endurance
However, years later, a DNA test showed that he’s only 57% endurance athlete and 43% strength athlete. As an endurance athlete and a runner, the results were a disappointment for him because they showed that he has too much strength, but doesn’t have enough endurance. This quality, he said is more suitable for an athlete who does parkour.
When you go to a gym, half of the machines aren’t calibrated to suit your body mechanics. Therefore, you mustn’t overdo it, Mark suggests. Also, to train according to your DNA, he recommends doing short bursts of exercise because the body expects that. He explained that when you’re doing during shorts bursts, you are basically giving your genes signals that they evolved to expect commands from us.
This, according to him, allows you to manifest the body that your particular set of genes wants to be. Not only does it prevents you from injuring yourself, doing short bursts of exercise also enables you to maximize your efforts.