How Much Do Genes Affect Your Athletic Potential?

Human genetics can play a major role in determining an athlete’s potential. Genetic information is passed from parent to child and is stored within human cells in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). An individual’s DNA influences attributes such as height and weight and can help to determine if an individual has a predisposition towards athleticism. Genes play a major role in body type and athletic ability, but an athlete must also work hard to realize his/her potential.

Learn the basics of genes and athletic potential or read the more technical biological background.

Articles by Jamie Saunders.

The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

brainhealthFew can argue the many benefits of exercise—it makes people stronger, healthier, and adds years to their lives. There are also a number of less tangible effects of exercise in addition to well-defined muscles and slimmer waistlines. From a psychological perspective, exercise is one of the most important things a person can do to promote mental well-being and overall happiness. Many people are familiar with the mood-boosting effects of exercising regularly, but what is actually happening inside your brain in the midst of a good workout?

Read the basic psychological benefits of exercise or learn the more technical details.

Articles by Alycia Parnell.