When almost everyone in your family is overweight, finding the most effective workout is one way to help you fight fat genes

It’s true – you can inherit genes that increase your chance of becoming obese. Fortunately, there is hope for keeping the weight off.

A study published in PLOS Genetics identified the types of exercise that are especially effective at combating genetic effects that contribute to obesity.

Over 18 000 people studied

The study, which included 18 424 adults (aged 30 to 70 years), examined the interactions between the individuals’ genetics and their self-reported exercise routines.

The researchers looked specifically at five measures of obesity, including body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and waist-to-hip ratio.

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Researchers found that for the five measures of obesity, regular running is the best type of exercise for managing weight.

Mountain climbing, walking, power walking, certain types of dancing and long yoga practices also reduce BMI in individuals predisposed to obesity.

As for ineffective exercise, it was not a surprise to find that stretching exercises didn’t do much to help fight fat, but the fact that cycling and swimming did not counteract the genetic effects of obesity was unexpected.

You genes don’t determine your destiny

Overall, the study suggests that when it comes to obesity, genetics are not destiny. The effects can be lessened by several kinds of regular exercise.

Previous research has shown that frequent physical activity blunts the genetic effects of obesity and, as obesity continues to be a serious public health challenge, the benefits of exercise cannot be overstated.

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Source: PLOS via www.sciencedaily.com

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