Many studies have shown that exercise has many beneficial effects in terms of preventing heart disease, cancers, stroke and dementia, it is clear that some people respond to exercise more than others. What we don’t know is why? By studying the effects of exercise in twins, this study will help us understand whether responses to exercise are inherited or not. This project therefore has fundamental importance to the entire field of preventive medicine and health. The researchers from the University of Western Australia aim to find out if the benefits of exercise on the health of blood vessels is influenced by inherited factors (genetics). They are also interested in whether different types of exercise can alter the level of health benefits.
You will be asked to participate in two three-month periods of personal training and attend four health assessments during a twelve-month period (to assess how you will respond to different types of exercise).
The two three-month periods of personal training will consist of 3 sessions of personal training per week, for 1 hour each. There will be one three-month period of endurance training (running and cycling) and one three-month period of resistance training (gym-based workout). All personal training will be conducted at The University of Western Australia Sports Science facility (Crawley campus). The two three-month periods of personal training will be separated by a three-month rest period.
Each of the health assessments will include comprehensive assessment of your heart, brain and artery health, as well as body composition and fitness assessments.
All same sex non-identical twin pairs and all identical male twin pairs are eligible to participate if they:
5th February 2018 – 7th December 2018.
Seventeen twin pairs (aged 16 to 40 years of age) have already participated in the study:
The researchers are very grateful and would like to thank all the twins who have already participated in this study.