Today’s post is sponsored by Compare DNA Kits
For years, trainees have used the approach of “one size fits all”. One training program or diet plan that worked well for John Doe will necessarily work for you as well, right? Wrong!
The concept of personalization has been popularized throughout the past decade.
Your user experience on the internet is now personalized because you see ads that fit your needs. Your medical treatment is now, in some cases, personalized, based on your genetic profile. Why not customize your training and dietary program based on your own specific characteristics?
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In the past, the above would have been simply described as science fiction. The costs of a genetic test would have been so incredibly high, that using them for something as “casual” as improving your workouts or nutrition would have deemed unreasonable.
Nowadays, genetic home testing is available to the general public and is relatively cheap and easy to use (and with sufficient accuracy).
Currently, these are the leading companies that offer genetic testing with a particular emphasis on health and fitness recommendations:
- 23andMe: $200 per test
- 24Genetics: $200 per test
- Veritas Genetics: $1,000 per test (but more comprehensive)
The costs aren’t “cheap” per se, but considering the costs of eating healthy, supplementing your nutrition, paying for a facility for training, and monitoring your training (app subscriptions, personal trainers, or the like) – it’s also not much for a tool that can push you into the next level of knowing yourself and your needs.
What kind of information can I get from genetic health tests?
What a genetic home test kit can provide to you in terms of health and fitness is a limit subset of information that can still be proved very useful.
The genetic health risk factors will help you understand whether you have any genetic risk for specific diseases at an early age.
These diseases include ALS, several types of cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer and more.
Although you may think that knowing this information will not aid you with training regime and nutrition in any way and that it is unpreventable, this is absolutely incorrect.
If you know that you have a genetic tendency to develop a certain condition there are preemptive measures you can take in advance to fight any condition before it’s even been formed.
For example, training your memory constantly will help to delay the development of diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
In addition to the above, you will be informed which diseases and conditions you are a carrier for.
While this information is irrelevant to you, it may have a great impact on your descendants; you and your partner can both do the genetic home test to see if both of you are carriers of anything and whether you should conduct any particular tests before bearing a child.
Then, it comes down to business for avid trainers and health enthusiast, with the trait report.
This trait report will analyze certain genetic traits like the accumulation of fat, baldness, and others and will give you individual advice on how to improve your sleep, eating and training regimes to maximize your genetic potential.
For example, you may be prone to baldness genetically, but sleeping more hours every day or eating certain foods may slow down the process.
In the same fashion, you may not be able to fully digest a certain type of food, and you could vastly improve your weight by not consuming it anymore.