How Exercise Impacts Our DNA

How Exercise Impacts Our DNA

How endurance training makes epigenetic changes to the human genome

How Exercise Impacts Our DNA
April 14, 2015

It’s been a well-known fact: the benefits to exercise are endless. Numerous studies have shown exercise improves overall health and wellness, physical strength, and emotional and mental well-being.  But what has not been so clear is how the physical act of exercise drives these benefits.

Carl Sundberg, MD, PhD, a professor of molecular and applied exercise physiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, has spent his career trying to understand how exercise makes positive changes to the human body.

He and his team recruited dozens of volunteers to conduct a controlled study, identifying exercise-induced changes in genes associated with muscle adaptation, metabolism, and inflammation. 

Click here to find out more about their unique experimental paradigm and how exercise changes our DNA.

Explore the research further in this SciMon video featuring the Illumina Scientific Affairs team.