You know the way you look has a lot to do with what you eat, how active you are and, generally, how well you take care of yourself. But did you know that your natural somatotype, known as your body type, also has a great influence on how you build muscle, store and burn fat? Take a look below and find out what your body type is and how to make the best of it with the appropriate exercise routine.
Every woman is different: different eye, skin and hair colour, different habits and different personalities. They also have different somatotypes, which are determined by the way muscle and fat distribute throughout the body. There are three main body types: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph, named after the layers of embryo tissue.
Ectomorphs tend to be slender, with a low body fat percentage and somewhat fragile build. They have long limbs and a rather androgynous silhouette, which is why you often find them on the catwalk.
Their fast metabolism burns through fat easily, but it’s important that they satisfy their hunger with highly nutritious foods, as they’re prone to anaemia.
If you’re an ectomorph, you probably know you could use a bit of strength training and muscle build. Lunges and squats are very good for toning up your legs, and push ups and crunches work out your arms and abs. You should also try tennis and volleyball, which are great for bulking up and strengthening the muscles.
Mesomorphs are easily recognisable by their athletic, muscular build. They have strong arms and legs, broader back and slimmer waist. Mesomorphs can store fat and build muscle quite easily, but they can slim down without much effort, too.
They should do regular cardio to keep their figure and make sure they get enough protein in their diet. Yoga is the ideal workout for this body type, as it builds strong and lean muscles, without bulking up too much.
This body type is the most common around women. It basically refers to the classic Renaissance muse, with well-defined forms, round arms and neck and a general hourglass silhouette. They tend to store fat easily, especially around the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.
They tend to have a slower metabolism than the other body types, so they have to be really careful with what they eat and keep up an active lifestyle, especially as they grow older. Pilates is an excellent choice for these women, who need extra toning around their problem areas. It also helps them build balance and be in better control of their body, while burning excess fat.