Exercise and Body Types

The Hourglass: If you carry most of your weight in your upper and lower body…and there’s a significant difference (six inches or more) between the circumference of your chest and waist or between your hips and waist.  People with this body type require exercises that burn fat without adding muscle in the upper or lower body areas.  Recommended exercises wuld be Jump Rope, Fast Walking, Elliptical Machines with no resistance, Jumping Jacks, Weight machines with light weight for upper body and leg extensions with light weight.

The Pear: If you carry most of your weight in your hips, thighs, and buttocks. Recommended exercises are stationary bike with low resistance, Upper Body exercises with moderate to heavy weights, lower body exercises with low resistance.

The Apple: If you carry most of your weight in your back, chest, arms, and stomach. Recommended exercises are spinning, stair climbers, stationary bike, leg press, leg extension and leg curls, push-ups, pull-ups, and dips.

The Ruler: If there’s not much difference in the circumference of your chest, waist and hips…and you tend to put on weight around your midsection. Recommended exercises are step classes, spinning, stationary bike, elliptical machines, swimming, squats, lunges, and leg presses..all upper and lower body exercises using moderate to heavy resistance. 

Source: Bottom Line Health

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