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KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE

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The basic things you should know before fitness begins are really intrinsic but there are lots more to consider before you behold your own dream body. One of the salient aspects of fitness is your own body and its type. Human body, by a method, is categorized into three different types according to the extent to which bodily physique conforms to a basic type, called somatotypes: endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph. Your body type may respond very differently to the training than other types. The exercise routine for one body type may not work for the other types. So, it’s important to stick to the fundamental exercise regimen until you observe how your body type responds to the training. It is also very crucial to know your body type when you setup your fitness goals. Take a minute to know where your body falls within these categories.

ENDOMORPH

If you have a body with soft musculature, round face, short neck, and wide hips, you fall in this category. Your body stores fats and gain muscles easily. Building muscles for this type is not that difficult but you have to be concerned with losing fats weight, which doesn’t go away so easily. You must include calorie-consuming activities like cycling, running, swimming, etc. in your training. Your training should be incorporated with high-sets, high repetition and with short rest periods in order to burn off fats as much as possible. You need to watch your diet in order to achieve your fitness goals.

MESOMORPH


If you have large chest, long torso, solid muscle structure and great strength, broad shoulders, you fall in this category. Building muscle for this type is relatively easier than other two types and has to include heavy power moves and variety of exercises in your training.  This type of body responds to training (esp. weight training) very well. Mesomorphs gain fats faster than ectomorphs.

ECTOMORPH


If you have short upper body, long arms and legs, long narrow feet and hands, narrow chest and shoulders with long and thin muscles, you fall in this body type. They are typically skinny and have fast metabolism. Muscle development and weight gain is comparatively slower in extreme ectomorphs. Ectomorphs have very less fat-storage capability; therefore, they have to keep out too much of cardio activities like cycling, swimming, and running. They have to stay with the basic exercises and have to include plenty of power moves or compound exercises to build maximum mass. Thus, they should focus in eating more calories to have reasonable growth than they are accustomed to.

Before you plan your exercises, read your body carefully, know your body and feel your body whatever your goal is. Result comes so closer to you; you have to be ready to behold it. It’s already been said that there are different training responses to the different types of body. For example, you body is ectomorph and your goal is to build muscle and gain weight, but you train like endomorphic, what do you think will happen to you? I leave this to you to think about it. Your body comes first before the training begins and it’s your body is the first to feel the effects of exercises. So, know your body type and train well.

 

SANJEET K SHRESTHA

REGISTERED EXERCISE PROFESSIONAL

NATIONAL BODYBUILDING JUDGE-NEPAL

Note: Article published in +977 Magazine, Sydney, Australia