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Introducing DNAFit to SenSpa - A smarter approach to diet and exercise

15th Apr 2019

Spa Director, Lina Lotto discusses how DNAFit can help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.

I have long been aware of DNA testing as a tool, not only to discover ancestry but to identify individual health markers and biological influences. We are seeing now, especially with the treatment of disease, that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for everyone. We are in an era of personalisation and there is nothing more personal than DNA testing to tailor and eliminate activities or foods that are not beneficial.

New advances in technology means that it is now very affordable and an excellent choice for anyone wanting to learn about what foods they might be intolerent to, what types of exercise will help them get fit in the most efficient way and what types of nutrition YOUR body would most benefit from. 


How does it work?

With a simple, at-home DNA swab test, we can unlock your body's secrets - allowing you to discover your genetic strengths and weaknesses and offer you a smarter, easier and more effective solution to health and fitness that's entirely unique to your DNA profile.

It’s a really simple saliva swab which is then sent in the post to a DNAFit lab to be analysed. You receive your results back within 10 days and one of the team at SenSpa will talk you through the findings and design a bespoke plan which is completely personal to you.

The DNAFit report includes lactose and gluten intolerance risk, sensitivity to salt, saturate fat and carbohydrates, anti-oxidant and vitamin needs, caffeine and alcohol reaction, and analyses endurance levels, injury risk, pain threshold and recovery speeds. 


There are lots of other genetic testing kits out there. Why did you choose DNAFit?

We chose DNAFit because the genetic data on the reports are designed so that exercise can be tailored to the individual and the nutritional information and advice provided has a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Using the information contained in the report our fitness instructors create individual tailored programmes with the aim of bringing about the very best results, whatever the personal goal may be.


Who is DNA testing for?

Everyone from absolute beginners to elite athletes and those who are simply intent on being as well and fit as possible. It helps us to home in on the most effective means to achieve wellness goals without wasting time, energy and resource on activity or nutrition that adds little or may even be detrimental. I see it as an investment in health.

We may already be doing what is good for us and it was interesting for me to learn that I instinctively prefer a lower carbohydrate diet which is exactly what my DNA says is right for me. But I also learned a huge amount that I can practically use every day.


How are SenSpa’s personal trainers trained to interpret the reports and design a bespoke programme?

There were 23 training modules and 4 exams to complete before our team were able to programme personal training sessions using the DNA tool. Though the reports are user friendly and self-evident in the way information is presented, our fitness team is able to interpret genetic markers which determine the functional capacity of the body. For example am I better built for power or endurance, am I likely to suffer injury and how quickly might I recover from a workout? This information allows our instructors to create an entirely personal programme.


How does DNAFit combine with the Health Club membership available at SenSpa?

We run many classes from HIIT to yoga and breath work. DNA data helps us to create effective personal training sessions and to steer members and guests to the type of class that would deliver the best results.  We can also advise on the best food or menu choices when cooking at home or eating out. 

For more information, please speak to a member of the personal training team.

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