Exercise is a part of a healthy life and all health experts agree to the significance of physical activity in routine. Most people switch to daily exercise to lose weight but for some people, it is part of a normal routine. One unusual thing which has no clear explanation is the different effects of exercise on different people, which is sometimes stressful and frustrating especially if a person is struggling to lose weight.
Why is it that some people get more benefit from minor exercise while losing weight and enjoying it all together? Others may not see progress for a very long time and sometimes they end up quitting it just because they don’t see a difference.
Although there is plenty of scientific evidence which suggests that age also matters in availing the benefits from exercise but there might be much more to it. health experts are sure that there are some hidden molecular signatures, for example, genes, proteins, and a bunch of other variables that hold an answer to this.
The group of researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center is all set to find out how the effects of exercise show up differently in every person. This project has received a whopping $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.
Owen Carmichael from the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre says that unveiling the benefits of exercise is necessary especially how it helps some people more than others. Usually, a regular exercise routine improves cardiovascular health, maintains a healthy weight, and saves from age-related muscle loss.
The reason for most of these benefits is because any type of exercise helps the work performance of mitochondria, those tiny powerhouses in the cell responsible for ‘fueling’ the cell. But how their effect may show up differently in different people who may be following the same exercise for the same duration of time need an explanation.
This study is aimed to be a four years long project which will comprehend and understand the mitochondria responses among a number of younger and older individuals who will be receiving fitness training.
Dr. Carmichael hopes to finally find those molecular factors which are linked with a positive or negative mitochondrial performance change. This study will be using the basics from a number of biological principles and theories including the following.
- Exercise may not help to change the mitochondrial function in some people.
- Age may not have any effect on mitochondrial response with respect to exercise.
- Aerobic training works best to provide more mitochondrial capacity in terms of changes that show up during resistance training without any reference to the age.
Dr. John Kirwan the Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre says that the effects of exercise need a clearer understanding than we already know. Once it is clear, the exercise may improve the effects of advanced medicine.
Although the information on this different effect of exercise on different people is limited today, after a few years, there might be an explanation for it. The results of this study which is now in its initial phase will help health experts to study individual biological characters while revising a customized exercise plan for a patient. In this way, the effects of exercise will be maximized for every person.