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Why Genetics Don’t Matter in How Your Body Looks

I met with a young man recently who said to me: “I don’t think I’m meant to have abs.”…
Really? That’s it? You’re throwing in the towel? Just because it doesn’t come to you easily you’re willing to just give up on it?

Let me tell all of you something –


That’s right. Genetics, past history, what your mother fed you for breakfast MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Don’t believe me? Here’s proof that genetics don’t matter:

I read an interesting article in the New York Times recently and wanted to share it with you. It’s about a story of a set of identical twins who did similar activities and sports as kids but had different workout habits as adults, and how that changed them and their health.

I have shared with you in the past that I was a fat kid. I thought that I couldn’t do anything about it, it was just a fact. Then I discovered regimented exercise. Once I started exercising and made that a part of my life, not only my body but my life changed forever. Now, it seems, there is scientific proof to what I already knew.

Twins Arnold and Danny
This photo is for fun but the article and study are real.

This study that was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise is the first study that looked at young twins and the impacts of different exercises on their health. They studied 10 pairs of identical male twins, one of whom regularly exercised while the other did not. Scientists measured their endurance, body composition, insulin sensitivity and scanned each twin’s brain.

When they compared results, they were surprised to see that these twins were completely different outside of their identical looks. The twins who didn’t exercise had lower endurance capacities, higher body fat percentages, and signs of insulin resistance, causing concerns about the onset of metabolic problems. What was most interesting is that the twins tended to have very similar diets, even though their workout routines were so different And that proved that food choices were unlikely to have contributed to health differences.
The twins’ brains also were different. The active twins had significantly more grey matter than the twins who didn’t exercise, especially in areas of the brain involved in motor control and coordination.

Researches say that the study results point out that genetics and environment are not that important when it comes to your health, and that a healthy body and mind is in your own hands. Something I also knew a long time ago.
Here is a link to the full NYT article

Your genetics don’t matter. Sign up for your workouts today and change what you always thought you wouldn’t be able to.

Burn the Fat and Feel the Burn

feel the burn – Jason Kozma before and after photos
feel the burn - Jason Kozma before and after photos
feel the burn – Jason Kozma before and after photos

Getting consistent daily exercise is a necessity for our health. Humans were designed to move, so it’s only natural that we stay physically active each day. It is quite unfortunate that people avoid doing so and even go as far as making up excuses not to. Those who do this are missing out on the tons of benefits regular exercise has to offer for both our mental and physical health.

Have you been putting off exercise lately? You can come up with every excuse in the book, but there is always a way to incorporate exercise into your schedule. Below are the most popular excuses people come up with to avoid exercise.  Are you trying to avoid pain?  That’s your weakness talking.  Burn it away!

Weakling Excuses To Avoid Exercise

Excuse #1: Past Failures
People who use this excuse tend to only try new activities once. It’s time to stop looking down on your failures in the past, get up and start moving!

Excuse #2: Time Constraints
This excuse is the most used and especially common for those who like to watch television all day. If there is time to watch television or use the computer, then there is time to do a quick thirty minute routine.

Excuse #3: Lack of Motivation
Why exercise? Well, there are plenty of benefits to exercising which you can read about below. Whether you want to look good, stay healthy, gain energy, or feel better than ever before exercise can help.

Excuse #4: Lack of Energy
If you’re not running around all day, then this isn’t a valid excuse as you increase the amount of energy you have by exercising! Once you start, you’ll notice a huge improvement in energy levels.

Stop avoiding it!  You need to fell the burn. If you are reading this article, then you are looking for a good reason to exercise. There are in fact many very good reasons to get started right now. Below are the top fifteen benefits you will get from regular exercise.

The Top 3 Benefits You Get From Regular Exercise

Benefit #1: Increases Confidence
Daily exercise produces chemicals in your brain that makes you feel more confident in yourself. The fact that your body will be in its best condition will also increase one’s confidence.

Benefit #2: Reduces Depression
Exercise has been proven to reduce and treat depression, with much better results than any medications. By completing your workout each day, you will lead a much happier lifestyle.

Benefit #3: Produces Energy

Although a workout may be tiring, you will notice an overall increase in your energy levels. You will not feel tired in the middle of the day anymore and you will even notice how much easier it is to exercise.

by Jason Kozma

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