Bodies come in many different shapes and sizes, and we should love and embrace our bodies as they are. In fact, did you know there’s a workout tailored for your body type? Read on and find out what’s yours in this guest post by Zara Lewis.
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Choose the Best Workout for Your Body Type
By Zara Lewis
Here’s a secret: there’s no such thing as “the perfect” workout plan.
Some people are blessed with good genes and fast metabolism. They don’t have to watch their diet and somehow they get great workout results after only a couple of weeks, while others struggle for months to get good results.
Getting a good workout plan isn’t difficult, but the results of that plan will vary from person to person.
If you would like to see notable results, start with a workout plan which best suits your body type.
Apple-shaped women are rounder in the middle and usually have a thicker waist and narrower hips.
This is a common body shape with women who have recently given birth and struggle to get their mummy tummy back in shape.
For those who would like to tone their abs and define their waists, the best exercises are those that strengthen core muscles, as well as fat-blasting cardio.
Simple exercises such as planks can be done in your living room or in your backyard with your kids running around, and they also won’t take too much of your time.
Boyish or Straight Shape
Those who have stick-straight frame are referred to of as ‘the boyish type’, and while they may be skinny, they also lack curves.
While you may never get full bust and rounded hips, your workout can give your small frame some much-needed strength and shape.
You can try with more demanding strength training which also has cardio like CrossFit – resistance training builds muscles and it can add some curves to your frame.
CrossFit can be challenging and people are sometimes intimidated by it, refusing to even give it a try because they believe it is ‘too hard’ for them.
Still, the CrossFit community is very open to new people and they will help you adjust and get used to new form of working out.
Pear-shaped women are wider in the hips than they are in the bust and shoulders, which means that they should pick exercises that are good for their legs.
Cycling can be a great choice for you since it can easily be a part of your everyday life – you can cycle to and from work, and you can also cycle when you go grocery shopping or to see your friends.
For those who are looking for an ordinary city bike, Breezer bikes are the best choice, while those who would like to pedal to and from work without showing up all sweaty and disheveled should choose a comfortable Bosch ebike.
Ebikes are great because they have engines which will assist you as you pedal, allowing you to go longer distances. They are also the perfect choice for those who would like to make cycling a part of their everyday routine.
Women who have an hourglass figure are typically very curvy, and they don’t want to lose those curves while getting in shape.
One of the best ways to tighten up all over and still keep the curves is yoga – it does wonders for posture and flexibility, and it’s also great for your mind.
If you spend the day hunched over a desk or a computer, yoga is a great way to strengthen your back and pelvic muscles which will keep your body straight and upright.
There are lots of types of yoga and you can choose which one fits best. Asthanga yoga is athletic and physically demanding practice, Bikram yoga is about doing a series of postures in a well-heated room, while Integral yoga includes also a deep relaxation, breathing exercises and meditation.
Know Your Body
Setting a goal you want to reach is important, but knowing your body type first is even more important.
Be aware that there are limits which we all reach at one point. Know yourself first and work hard to be the best version of you.
Only by accepting and loving yourself will you be able to make a positive change in your life.