I’ve always wondered if my DNA and genetics has had an impact on my health and fitness over the years. I’m not a ‘natural athlete’ by any means, but since trying a pretty big range of exercise types I’ve noticed a difference in how quickly (or slowly) I improve, how certain things come easier, and how specific sports have a more noticeable change on my body.
So why is this? And why is that some people can eat whatever they want and never seem to put on weight, while others (me) only have to sniff a doughnut for it to go straight to my hips!
Recently there has been a huge growth in companies offering people the chance to find out where on the spectrum they sit, and providing personalised activity and nutrition plans to help you reach your goals more effectively. You provide a saliva sample, and experts use genetic profiling to deliver bespoke treatment plans.
One such company that offers this service is called iamYiam – what’s different about these guys is that they include goals that focus on mental wellbeing and stress relief, as well as weight loss and improved fitness. You can complete a questionnaire on their website if you’re not sure what your goal should be, and based on your answers on the ‘4 pillars of wellbeing’ (Purpose, Relational, Physical, Mind) it will suggest a goal – Lose Weight, Lower Stress etc.
After receiving your DNA results, iamYiam can then provide access to qualified practitioners through their online platform to help you reach these targets, including sessions in yoga, Pilates, acupuncture, massage and meditation. They also sell Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Spirulina and other supplements as part of your suggested Nutrition plan.
The idea is that this particular service offers a complete health overview, bringing together genetics, the latest scientific health solutions and lifestyle research to produce a completely personalised plan.
I am pretty curious as to what my results would tell me but at £387 it is quite an expensive indulgence, although they do test a wide range of health traits.
Have you every tried a DNA Fitness test and what did you learn?
NB: This is a sponsored post by iamYiam.