How to avoid an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

EX­ER­CISE. You know you should. And you won’t hear ideas much dif­fer­ent in the TV spe­cial The Truth About Ex­er­cise. But what Bri­tish re­porter Michael Mosley (pic­tured) does re­veal is the lat­est sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies about how the hu­man body re­sponds to a work­out and why peo­ple re­spond dif­fer­ently. Ex­er­cise has al­ways been seen to im­prove both mind and body, con­sid­ered one of the keys to a healthy and happy life. But there’s no one-size-fits-all ap­proach to main­tain­ing an ac­tive, healthy life­style. Ad­vances in ge­netic test­ing tech­nol­ogy have un­cov­ered new and sur­pris­ing truths about what ex­er­cise does to bod­ies and why peo­ple re­spond to it dif­fer­ently. Mosley dis­cov­ers the com­plex in­ter­play be­tween genes and en­vi­ron­ment helps ex­plain in­di­vid­ual re­sponses to ex­er­cise. He also learns that the right type of ex­er­cise is needed at the right time and in the right place. New find­ings re­veal six min­utes of ex­er­cise a week may be all a per­son needs to stave off heart disease and di­a­betes. The Truth About Ex­er­cise un­cov­ers mar­vels in­clud­ing why beet­root juice makes a per­son ex­er­cise longer, and why, for 20 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, no mat­ter how healthy, ex­er­cise will have a neg­a­tive ef­fect.

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