How to save and follow your recommended actions
January 19, 2023
Whether through lifestyle-only reports, or our more comprehensive reports that analyse your DNA, you’ll benefit from deeper insight into how your body works. You’ll find out about your personal health risks and the areas of your lifestyle, diet, and exercise routine that require the most attention. But this is really just the starting line. To make the most of this information, you’ll need to take action.
That’s why all 140+ FitnessGenes reports include effective, easy-to-follow, and personalized actions that you can build into your daily routine to keep you moving towards your health and fitness goals.
How FitnessGenes source your recommended actions
When building each new report, our in-house science team scours all the latest peer-reviewed research to compile a list of evidence-based recommendations that can be placed into one of five action categories: nutrition, exercise, behaviour, supplements, and lifestyle.
To learn more about their research and selection process, we spoke to Product Lead and Certified Exercise Physiologist, Geraldine Campbell MSc.
“All recommendations that we make to our members must first pass through a rigorous review process. Crucially, each must satisfy three key criteria that we employ to ensure that it is scientifically-credible, sustainable, and personalized.
To be scientifically-credible means that the recommendation is supported by academic research, rather than sourced from social media or online forums. Before recommending anything to our members, we need strong scientific evidence that it’s going to be effective for them.
In regards to the sustainability of our recommendations, we put a large emphasis on actions that members can seamlessly integrate into their daily lives, or use to fine-tune their existing activities. Helping our members to maintain long-term results through the development of lasting healthy behaviours is more important to us than quick, but short-lived results via extreme means (such as crash dieting).
Which finally leaves personalisation. While there may be some actions that would undeniably benefit all members, a concerted effort is made to ensure that the recommendations each individual member receives reflects their personal level of risk (or non risk) as identified through our analysis”.
How to save your recommended actions
When you are reviewing a critical report that takes your interest, use this as an opportunity to add recommended actions to your Saved Items page. Here’s how:
- Review your list of recommended actions included in your report to identify the ones that you are not currently following and that you believe you can integrate into your current lifestyle.
- Select ‘Save Action’ in the bottom left hand corner of the action card. The bottom border of the card will change from blue to orange to indicate that it has been saved.
- Access all of your saved actions through the ‘Saved’ option in the top navigation menu. Saving articles and recipes from your reports through the same process will also add them to this page.
The default setting on your Saved Items page is to display all of the actions, articles and recipes that you have saved. However, by selecting one of the 14 trait categories from the side menu (desktop) or dropdown menu (mobile), you can see items that relate to that category only. Want to find your Building Muscle actions or Fat Loss recipes? That’s how it's done!
How to follow your recommended actions
So how many actions should you follow at a time? Again we spoke to Geraldine to find out.
“The number of actions that we recommend our members follow can vary depending on how much it will alter their current lifestyle and where they are in their personal health and fitness journey.
For someone who is overweight and inactive, simply increasing their daily amount of movement may be a single and effective change that would have a positive impact on a range of potential issues. On the other side of the coin, a high-level athlete may want to fine-tune every aspect of their exercise, recovery, nutrition, supplementation, sleep, and so on.
For new members, we recommend selecting 3-5 actions that you can implement immediately and following them for a sustained period to measure their effect. Once they become habits, look to add in 1-2 new actions each month to ensure constant progress towards your goal. This is shown to be a much more sustainable practice than trying to overhaul your whole approach to health and fitness all in one go”.
Get support from our Coaching Team
Have a question regarding any of your reports or recommended actions? You can speak to Geraldine and the rest of our in-house coaching team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.