What Your Body Shape Tells You
People are different in every way, however, our bodies are similar. Each persons body has certain characteristics that places them into one of three different groups. We refer to these groups or categories as mesomorph, endomorph, and ectomorph, each different with different dietary and fitness needs. What your body shape tells you about your lifestyle is exactly what foods are beneficial and what exercises work the best for you.
The first group, mesomorph can easily be described as muscular, basically the body type that can increase muscle quickly and easily. Generally if you are a mesomorph you are a bit of a rectangle shape, thick bones, and broad shoulders with a well defined chest. Shoulder/chest area both larger and broader than hip/waist area. Meso’s tend to have more energy, and are physically capable of extraordinary activity and athletic persistence. What your body shape tells you is you are capable of great things, but if you allow yourself to get heavy you will be at greater risk for things like cardiovascular disease, than those in other body shape group. Cardio is going to be the most beneficial exercise to you.
Endomorph is a more curvy group, think hourglass figure. Your primary fat storage is going to be the bottom half of your body. Endomorphs tend to carry characteristics from all the groups. Unfortunately, endo’s put on fat extremely quick. The majority of endo’s tend to be obese because of this. Endo’s have smaller bones, and on the plus side, endo women tend to be voluptuous and alluring. However, endo men tend to have more of a love handle look. Endo, what your body shape tells you is weight training must be a main focus, with cardio maybe 3-4 times a week. Try to get high intensity, compound exercises, and maybe try interval training.
Ectomorph body types can be described as slim or thin, you may struggle with weight gain. Ectomorphs tend to have small bones low density, making it fairly easy for them to break or fracture a bone or two during any vigorous sporting activity. Ectomorph, what your body shape tells you is that you may not be the biggest or bulkiest person, but you will excel in cardio training. It is also completely possible when you balance your cardio and strength training to get a little bigger build, but don’t forget to embrace your natural aerodynamics.
Whether you are tall or short, skinny or heavy, you fall into one of these groups listed and by exercising according to what your body shape tells you, you will be more successful in your fitness goal. It is best to learn your body shape, its unique characteristics,and work with it to meet your fitness goals. Make sure that you also use the information given to prevent conditions common with your body type. Prevention is the best cure. Additionally, listening to your body and fueling it properly will make you look your best no matter what shape you are.