The Genetics of Getting Fit: How to Make Sure Your Lifestyle Choices Work with Your Genes – and Why That’s Important
How Your Genes Affect Your Fitness
Individuals without the heightened endurance gene need to give themselves time. If you lack this gene and aren’t seeing many improvements in your endurance, make sure that you’re giving yourself enough recovery time after workouts, are eating enough protein to help muscle recovery, and are challenging yourself by gradually increasing the distances you run and weights you use.
When it comes to developing your muscles, regardless of your genetic makeup, do not underestimate the power of diet. Your muscles need protein in order to repair themselves and grow after training; without enough protein, most people don’t see much growth or increased strength no matter how hard they train (and, in fact, excessively training without proper nutrition can significantly damage your muscles over time).
Mistake #1 - Ditch the scale! Then scale is not your friend. Instead use a tape measure and photos of your progress. Inches lost are much more important than pounds lost. Fat loss and muscle gain should be the goal. Per pound, muscle is much more compact than fat so...
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