Many women believe that they have to look a certain way or have a specific body type to be deemed “beautiful”. These feelings and pressures are created by the societal pressures historically placed on women. The media has never truly reflected the plethora of shapes, colors, and sizes of the many people of the world. We are surrounded by ads and images of slender, sleek models with impossibly high cheek bones and legs that go on for days. We begin to question our reflections in the mirror and why we don’t also look that way.
Thankfully, there is more open and outright questioning of societal beauty standards and body type/image norms. More girls and women are embracing the unique shapes and curves of their bodies. We know that the same workout will affect different body types differently. They will tone different areas and we will lose fat and add definition in other regions.
Different Body Types
Do not let anyone trick you into believing that there is only one body type, there are so many! Science characterizes the 3 different body types that provide the foundation for more body shapes:
- Ectomorph – lean and angular with long limbs
- Mesomorph – Strong and muscular with broad shoulders
- Endomorph – round and short with large bones
General Body Shapes
- Straight – Bust and hips basically the same size
- Pear – Hips wider than bust
- Spoon – Hips larger than bust and waist smaller than bust
- Hourglass – Bust and hips basically the same size with a well defined waist
- Apple – Large top, slim hips, large chest and stomach
Foundation of a Body Type
Our body type comes from our skeletal structure and our overall body fat and muscle distribution. Societal norms and popular body types can vary from region to region, culture to culture, and throughout history. Think of the thin boyish flappers of the 1920s to the curvy pin-ups of the 1950’s. Women’s fashion has even historically attempted to modify and enhance the “ideal” body shape of the time (think corsets).
Find a Workout to Suit Your Body Type
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and that’s what most humans, male and female, are usually subconsciously striving to achieve. Wanting symmetry and balance for your body type is completely normal. Here are a few ideas on how to balance different body types:
- Straight – Add shape and strength to your frame with a strength building workout
- Pear – Sculpt your upper body and use cardio and strength circuits to trim and and tone your lower body
- Spoon – Use weight training to build upper body muscle and work to sculpt and tone your lower body
- Hourglass – Sculpt and firm up with total body workouts and cardio
- Apple – Banish unhealthy belly fat with high intensity aerobic cardio workout and core exercises
Use your body type to your advantage, target the areas that need a certain type of workout in order to out the other balance areas. No matter what your body type is, there is a workout that’s right for you. It’s a continuous process with no single right answer.
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