Exercises to Make the Most of Your Shape0 Comments

Posted on 03 Feb 2014 at 6:28am

By birth, all of us are programmed to be petite and short limbed, tall and long-limbed, big-boned or small framed or whatever. For all of us, it is better to move towards improving on what can be improved and begin accepting the imitable things about our body shape. Where you’re likely to gain weight is also determined by genetics which might not be appreciable by you at times. You might find that any extra pound you carry appears below your beltline, on your thighs and hips or around your middle, no matter what you do.
There are ways that you can help to make the most of your body’s characteristics, though you may not be 100% satisfied with your body shape or type. To aid in toning your body though whatever your shape is, here are some exercises that you can perform.

If you are an Hourglass

You should be focusing on both resistance exercises and cardio, if you’ve an hourglass figure. Resistance exercises will help to maintain balance between your upper and lower body, while cardio will assist in keeping your weight in check. For not to build too much muscle mass, keep your resistance weights light and vary your repetitions. You may want to try these few great exercises.

· Slow jogging
· Jumping jacks
· Biceps curls, squats, shoulder press
· Stationary biking (light resistance)
· Swimming

Cardio-focused exercises are the best way to burn off excess calories or fat, such as swimming, running and cycling three to four times a week for 30-40 minutes. Whatever your size, remember that eating healthy and adopting an exercise you enjoy will help you feel good.

Running or jogging can be enjoyable for very slim hourglasses but for the heavier hourglasses, it is not. Their problem areas tend to be the saddlebag region (on the outside of upper thigh just below the hips), the outer and inner thigh and the backs of the upper arms. Some hourglasses put on weight in both lower and upper regions easily and must be very careful to not add resistance or weights to their workouts.

Exercises to Make the Most of Your Shape

Exercises to Make the Most of Your Shape

If you are a Pear

You’ll want to focus on exercises that will balance out the bottom half of your body with the top half of your body, if you’re a pear. To thin down your lower half, you’ll also try. Focus on resistance exercises that will build your upper body and aerobic activities that work out your lower body to achieve this. Perform high repetitions of exercises and use light weights. Few great activities are;

Cycling (low resistance)
Jumping rope
Elliptical training
Pushups, shoulder press and chin ups
Dips and leg lifts

Pears typically are good with movements or sports that require lower-body strength and coordination and have excellent flexibility. But because of their weaker upper bodies, they also typically shy away from sports that require upper-body strength. For a change, try salsa dancing if you’re adventurous, maybe rock climbing or kick-boxing. To keeping fit and helps you stay looking and feeling good as well, this is sure to add fun.

If you are an Apple

You’ll want to focus on aerobic training in order to lose body fat and slim down, if you’re an apple. You can help balance out your chest and shoulders by working on the lower half of your body.

Look to perform exercises that involve low repetitions and are low-resistance, like:

· Walking on an incline
· Stair climbing
· Leg squats, dead lifts and leg press
· Running

For the women, Pilates will help to tone the midriff and develop your core area. Through their torso-rotating actions, exercises like playing tennis or kayaking will tone the waist.

If you are a Ruler

You’ll be able to perform pretty much any activity you want to if you’re a ruler. To help you lose weight in problem areas, like stomach and buttocks, perform cardio activities. Through resistance exercises, you’ll especially want to build muscle mass. All of the muscle groups should be emphasized and routinely given a workout to ensure that you build a symmetrical body shape. Focus on:

· Sit-ups
· Stretching
· Spinning
· Step classes
· Squats
· Walking or jogging on an incline
· Shoulder press and bench press

Rulers sometimes make the mistake of putting exercise last on their list because of their naturally lean bodies. They don’t want to lose any more weight by thinking that exercise is just for losing weight. You can add bulk to your bottom and legs by doing lunges and squats using weights, for women who want a more developed lower body.

For making rational and affirming decisions about your health, having a strong sense of self-worth also provides the basis. You can change the way you feel though you can’t change your body shape.

Exercises to Make the Most of Your Shape

Exercises to Make the Most of Your Shape

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