Exercise beats Genetics in determining amount of Body Fat

With obesity now a global epidemic, there is increased focus on risk factors that contribute to weight gain, especially in postmenopausal women. Although many women may blame genetics for their expanding waistlines, a new study shows that as women age they are more likely to overcome genetic predisposition to obesity through exercise.

Previous studies have suggested that the genetic influence on body mass index (BMI) increases from childhood to early adulthood. However, there has been little research on the effect of obesity genes later in life and whether they can be overcome through lifestyle modification, including exercise. However results from a study of more than 8,200 women from the Women’s Health Initiative suggest that physical activity reduces the influence of genetic predisposition to obesity, and this effect is more significant in the oldest age group (women aged 70 years and older).

These findings additionally support guidelines for promoting and maintaining healthy behaviours, especially in older adults, to maximize quality and longevity of life.

“We are born with our genes, but this study suggests that we can improve our lives and health with exercise, regardless of genetics,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton. “As women age, exercise has been shown to improve muscle mass, balance, and bone strength. It also invigorates brain cells, is associated with less arthritic pain, and improves mood, concentration, and cognition. Regardless of age, genes, and amount of abdominal fat or BMI, regular exercise can improve health.”

Our clients tend to range from 35-65 years of age but despite this age gap we are able to deliver Semi Private Sessions of no more than 6 members to accommodate each person’s limitations, be it back, shoulder or knee pain. Whatever the condition or ailment we find a way to alter the exercise to make sure that the problem isn’t exacerbated by putting strain on that muscle or joint. Rather than shying away from exercise we encourage our clients to undertake a controlled fitness journey to make sure their bodies stay strong and mobile into older age.

At Body Complete we believe in staying stronger for longer. To find out more go to ‘our services’ and look for the BCSP membership. This is designed to deliver an exercise regime for the older client looking for something different to the offerings at your ‘run of the mill’ gym.

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