Your Body Type!!
Understanding your body type as you age can reduce the mental frustrations that come with physical fitness. Most individuals who start physical fitness routine have a desire to look different. If you are starting your routine to look different, it’s in your best interest to know what is possible and what is not. Let’s look at the three basic body types:
- Endomorph – If you’re an endomorph, you tend to be stocky or round. Your bone structure is thick and you are either apple or pear shaped. Men tend more toward the apple shape, while women are more commonly pear shaped. An endomorph will have difficulty developing a trim and lean look. Your main obstacle to good health is fat reduction.
- Ectomorph – If you’re an ectomorph, you have a thin light bone structure, long tenuous muscles and no problem with body fat retention. With consistent exercise you can develop a lean strong body, but it will be difficult for you to build large muscles.
- Mesomorph – if you’re a mesomorph, you probably looked like an ectomorph as a teenager. As an adult, without exercising, you will either look like an ectomorph if you’ve remained slim over the years, or to an endomorph, if you’re overweight. The distinction is that as you exercise, you can quickly develop muscles. You can develop a defined and muscular look. Fat retention can be a problem, but good eating habits will help you control this.
To summarize, an endomorph will always be an endomorph but can become more fit. An ectomorph will always look like an ectomorph but can firm up. A mesomorph, depending on if he/she exercises, could look like an endomorph or an ectomorph. Again, recognize what body type you are and be realistic in working within those parameters.