Exercising Right Based on Your Genetics
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2012
Attention: Health, News, Beauty & Lifestyle Editors
Exercising Right Based on Your Genetics
- Natasha Vani, Exercise Physiologist, Explains the Best Exercises for Your Genetic Type –
Toronto ON: We’ve all heard of eating right for your blood type but never exercising right based on your genetics. Our genes provide the blueprint for our body and once we understand them we can start to understand exactly what our bodies need to lose weight and live healthy through a complete lifestyle solution combining Nutrition, Exercise and Behavioral Wellbeing.
Newtopia worked with a world-renowned Geneticist and one of the top ten obesity researchers in the world – Dr. Louis Perusse, PhD of Laval University and Exercise Physiologist, Natasha Vani, BSc, MSc, ND, to discover which genes require specific types of exercise in order to keep you in shape.
Dr. Perusse has been working on the Human Genome Project for the past 15 years and specifically working on genes that control our weight. After reviewing hundreds of genes associated with weight, Dr. Perusse and his team identified the three most important based on scientific testing. Newtopia then worked with a team of leading experts to create personalized plans based on these genes, combining Nutrition, Exercise and Wellbeing for long term results.
Dr. Perusse and his team discovered that one gene in particular – FTO – impacts the kind of exercise that would be most effective for individuals to lose weight or live healthy, this gene variant is the “Body Fat Gene.” We will focus on which type of exercises you need to do based on this specific genetic variant as developed by Newtopia’s Natasha Vani, BSc, MSc, ND, expert Exercise Physiologist & Director of Physical Activity.
Body Fat Gene: The Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated gene is associated with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity. Research indicates:
- That an individual who has a variation in this gene will benefit the most from vigorous as opposed to moderate intensity exercise
- Individuals should pay close attention to their target heart rate based on their age and exercise at 60%-80% of their maximum hear rate in order to achieve a vigorous workout goal.
- Natasha recommends when someone starts an exercise program they should ease into it slowly. For those who already exercise they can turn it up a notch right away.
Ways to increase the intensity of your workout:
- Add in some plyometric exercises.
- Plyometric exercises involve power, they are explosive movements that combine strength and speed and involve the whole body. In your next workout include some tuck jumps, burpees, or simply begin with some jumping jacks and one-legged hopping.
- Interval training burns more calories than slow cardio.
- Trade in your 30-minute jog around the block with some 10-second sprints followed by 1 minute of light running. Begin with 8-10 repetitions of these.
- Leave the weights at the gym and try a traditional workout involving body weight exercises only.
- Despite all the equipment and fancy gadgets that have come out in the past 20 years, pushups, squats, dips and chin-ups continue to be some of the best exercises for strength and definition.
- For time efficient workouts and to maximize intensity, make every exercise a multi joint exercise.
- Combine your squats with an overhead shoulder press. Add in biceps curls when you perform lunges. Perform standing leg lifts with shoulder raises.
- Boost the intensity of a run by adding in some hills or racing up the bleachers at a local park
- The key is to constantly challenge your heart and your muscles by surprising them with something new.
Natasha Vani, BSc, MSc, ND, Director of Physical Activity is available to do on air demonstrations & interviews regarding working out based on your genes. To book an interview please contact:
Chris Binet, Publicist. BCommunications
Tel: (416) 907-0977
Newtopia is a personalized health coaching company dedicated to sustainable weight loss and healthy living solutions. The company offers weight loss and healthy living programs that are designed for you and made to last. Newtopia’s programs and products are guideline and evidence based and available online to individuals across Canada and the United States www.newtopia.com
Newtopia’s Expert lifestyle team:
Registered Dietitian & Holistic Nutritionist: Mary Bamford, BSc, RD, MBA, Director of Nutrition.
Exercise Physiologist: Natasha Vani, BSc, MSc, ND, Director of Physical Activity.
Clinical Psychologist: Karyn Hood, PhD, C. Psych, Director of Psychology.
Clinical Pharmacologist and Naturopathic Doctor: Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND, HBSc, PhD, Director of Clinical Pharmacology and Naturopathic Medicine.
Genetics: Louis Perusse, PhD, Director of Genetics and Gilles Lapointe, PhD, Co-Director of Genetics.
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