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Why Looking after Yourself Is the Best Investment You’ll Ever Make

4 Mins read

Enjoying a good quality of life into old age starts by looking after your body when you’re in your 20s and 30s. Here’s why. 

In a world where we know more about ourselves than ever before there is one overarching truth that will never diminish: our health is our most precious asset.

Why investing in your health is important

When our bodies are healthy, it contributes to us living happier lives. This is because we’re able to do more of the things we love. Poor health gets even trickier when we grow older and so making a change sooner rather than later is imperative.

With all the information we have at our disposal, it’s never been easier to stay healthy and fit throughout our entire lives. 

However, it’s still difficult to understand what information we need to remain healthy. This is largely due to fads and misinformation. We’re bombarded with advice from well-meaning friends and family members, or internet celebs offering their take on the best way to stay healthy.

For this reason, CircleDNA noticed that we all need to change the way that we view health. 

The one-size-fits-all approach to diet, exercise and general well being simply doesn’t work. Instead, we focus on personalising our advice according to what makes you unique: your DNA.

Personalisation and proactive health

CircleDNA aims to empower individuals with valuable health insights to live happier, healthier lives. 

Many of us are reactive in that when we get sick, we go to the doctor. It’s so easy to put things off, but when it comes to your health you can’t afford to procrastinate. 

Aside from getting enough sleep, the two best ways to maintain our health is through regular exercise and proper nutrition. 

By knowing how your body responds to changes in diet and exercise, you’ll be able to make informed choices that will not only give you effective results in the short-term, but lead to better health long-term as well. These factors positively contribute to our physical and mental health.

In terms of fitness, many of us are occupied with our own jobs. Once we get home we shovel down the quickest possible meal, throw on our pyjamas and head to the couch for an evening of Netflix before dragging ourselves to bed to rinse and repeat. This leads to many of us falling into a very sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.

Studies show that physical activity is an integral component in our body’s energy balance. 

The benefits of physical activity extend maintenance of a healthy weight.

In fact, one scientific literature by the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee has shown that regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as:

  • Obesity
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Depression

All of these are preventable based on our focus and lifestyles on staying healthy.

The importance of fitness and diet

You don’t need to rush out and eat nothing but salad while taking up marathons to make positive improvements to your lifestyle. Everyone starts somewhere. 

Doing something as simple as walking up the stairs every day. Making a small effort to go on a 30-minute walk contributes greatly to your health. Choosing a piece of fruit as a snack instead of a chocolate bar. They all have a minor, but large impact on your health.

You should focus on getting all the right nutrients from the foods that you are eating everyday. 

A serving of fruit and/or vegetable with each meal that you eat is a great way to start balancing your diet and fighting off disease and illness.

In terms of training, nutrition plays a big role as you will need to replenish your energy stores after high intensity bouts of exercise. Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle, only part of that comes from exercising; the other from a combination of your genes and diet.

Maintain a balanced diet throughout the day. Focus on including sufficient protein, unsaturated fats, unrefined carbs and vegetables. 

Try to cut out processed foods and sweets, and you will feel satiated by the time you go to bed. Better sleep causes faster results from all that training. 

The role our genes play in fitness and dieting

CircleDNA offers a new perspective on your health and wellness. We analyse your genes through a simple cheek swab, in order to discover your individual response to different aspects of your nutrition and fitness.

On the fitness side, the information helps find the best way to train and reach your fitness goals faster. 

For instance, CircleDNA is able to tell whether you are better suited to higher endurance or power training. This allows you to focus on exercises that work with your genes instead of against them.

Nutrigenetics tests can tell whether we are able to tolerate things like alcohol and lactose. 

We have different capabilities to absorb important micronutrients such as vitamins B, C, D and E and Omega-3 fatty acids, and these tests tell you your deficiencies in those categories. 

This may seem frightening – but forewarned is forearmed. Everyone is given the ability to modify their diets and adjust to what fits them!  

Research at Stanford University demonstrated that individuals lost significantly more weight following a diet based on their DNA profile, those on a diet that matched their genotype lost 2-3 times more weight than those in traditional weight loss diets over twelve months. 

Find out how CircleDNA can help you to be proactive about your health today!

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