Medical News Today Quotes Dr. Mandelbaum: Scientists find 13 candidate genes associated with fitness outcomes

  • Researchers from Cambridge University published a meta-analysis in PLOS ONETrusted Source identifying 13 candidate genes associated with fitness outcomes in previously untrained people.
  • Genetic influences accounted for 72% of the difference in the results of those in the strength training group.
  • Genetic factors had less effect on the outcomes in the aerobic (44%) and anaerobic power groups (10%).
  • Further research is necessary to determine the exact roles of fitness genes and how best to tailor exercise training according to genetic makeup.

Physical activity is essentialTrusted Source for maintaining health, reducing chronic diseases, and preventing premature death. The 2018 physical activity guidelines for AmericansTrusted Source recommend a combination of moderate intensity and vigorous intensity aerobic exercise alongside muscle-strengthening activities involving the major muscle groups.

The adviceTrusted Source is for adults to do 150–300 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, 75–150 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent mix. They can spread this activity throughout the week and should also engage in strength training on at least 2 days of the week to reap additional health benefits.

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