picture of aging gracefully

Did you ever notice how we tend to blame so much on our genetics?

Sometimes it's an easy way to forgive ourselves or even excuse ourselves from striving for better. It's easy to say things like, "my parents weren't very Athletic", that way you don't even have to try and be…wrong.

While you may not be athletically gifted, being in the best shape you can be in has more to do with lifestyle, nutrition and exercise than the genetic cards you've been dealt, and if your family has a history of heart disease, then all it means is you have a "heads up" of what to watch for, not a reason to be sedimentary (because I assure you that will just be like giving the grim reaper roller skates).

Although the following article is uber-long, it's also very excellent…