Everybody wants to get in shape and stay healthy. We eagerly buy a gym membership and engage ourselves with whatever sport our friend recommends just to sweat it out and have a semblance of fitness. But sometimes, no matter how hard we exert effort in the want of a fit body, our workout plan just won’t do for us. Don’t lose hope just yet, consider checking out your blood type first and do exercise according to blood type needs.
You read it right, there are exercises that benefit each blood type. I know the idea may seem too simple a solution, but many health enthusiasts and nutritionists out there have subscribed to this. Anyway, we’re here to help you figure out what types of exercise fits your blood type perfectly.
According to naturopath Dr. James L. D’Adamo, N.D., D.N.B., each blood type has evolved with its own fitness needs. Fifty years ago, D’Adamo discovered the correlation between a person’s blood type and their dietary requirements and physical exercises. In 2010, Dr. D’Adamo published a book called “Just An Ounce of Prevention.Is Worth a Pound of Cure” where he explains which foods and exercises are right for each of us and provides recipes, exercise regimens and array of natural therapies.
Below are the proper exercises for each blood type according to Dr. James L. D’Adamo and backed up with information from other related health news articles:
The Athlete (Type O)
People with O blood type require a demanding physical program since they tend to be muscular and their blood flow is naturally sluggish. Prescribed activities for people under this blood group include heavy lifting or anything that will make them do short bursts of extreme energy. The more vigorous the exercise the better since it increases dopamine which calms type O’s and decreases adrenaline in their blood. Naturopath D’Adamo further adds that the ‘athlete’ has more physical strength and needs exercise to release worries, fears, stress and anxieties. He added that if the first thing a type O person does in the morning is exercise, then he goes through the day calmer, more peaceful and he gets better at problem solving.
Best exercises for types O are:
jogging, gymnastics, calisthenics, swimming, hiking, bicycling. Doing exercise that gets the heart pumping at least for an hour every day to start it right..
If you want to tone your body, try circuit training. Circuit training is a set of exercises that conditions your body and is designed to building strength as well as muscular endurance. A person who does circuit training does several fast rounds of exercises to keep the heart rate up the whole time.
There are circuit training levels that will consistently build your endurance, strength and tone. One thing you have to be cautious about is knowing when you need to take a break.
Though exercise is always synonymous to losing weight, there are type O’s who weigh less than their average. Combining proper diet with exercise helps anyone gain weight- just stay hydrated and take many meals throughout the day when you are lifting.
The Intellectual (Type A)
People under this blood group function chiefly on nervous energy. They tend to use more mental energy in their exercise. The ideal exercises for A’s are jogging, gymnastics, calisthenics, hatha yoga, tai chi, qi gong, jogging, hiking, light swimming, golf and doubles tennis.
Also, slow body exercises that include focused breathing like yoga, boxing and kettle bells are among the best ways to help an “A” focus whole burning calories. Yoga helps in developing posture and balance. This exercise strengthens the core muscles and establish a breathing pattern while the positions required.
Boxing is a contact sport that develops agility and speed. Boxing as an exercise works on the two skills but it also develops your breathing and durability. Muscles are toned and your heart is up at a good rate.
Now kettle bells are not for everyone, these are weights from shaped like a kettle and the lowest is at 5 lbs. If you have been working out with weights and would like to have a better tone in muscles, ask your gym instructor if you can include kettle bells in your regimen. First timers would have to rely on the precautions and advice of fitness trainers. Done incorrectly, kettle bells may do more harm than good.
Though boxing, yoga and kettle bells have a huge impact on your posture, you still have to consult a personal trainer to correct you with your forms and to avoid injuries.
WARNING: the activities given above should be done with restraint. People of this blood type are usually more tired following similar exercises because they are likely to use more mental energy in their actions. As a result, they experience a greater general drain. This is why after tough exercises, “A’s” have little energy to socialize or get involved in further activities.
The Well-Organized (Type B)
D’Adamo said people with Blood type O like everything in its proper place. People under this blood group consider exercise as an important way to release tension and to help focus the mind. They do very well in sports, are capable and centered people but type B’s need some mental stimulation in whatever they do. To keep these people charged, the naturopath recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in the morning, and they can also add regular swimming, yoga, jogging, gymnastics, hiking, qi chong, or tai chi in the list.
Warning: Exercise should be done in moderation since their bodies are moderately charged. Type B’s confront stress very well and they do well with exercises that are neither too aerobically stressful nor totally aimed at mental relaxation. B’s don’t perform very well in sports that are strongly competitive such as basketball, football or squash.
The Progressive (Type AB)
Type AB is the rarest of all blood types because less than 5% of the globe’s population belongs to this group. AB’s have combine aspects of blood types A and B; therefore they have the sensitive qualities of “A” and the organizational skills of “B”. Those under this blood group respond to stress intellectually, making them respond better to calming and meditative activities like yoga.
One thing I take away from keeping to a blood type diet and exercise is that each blood type requires a special diet and exercise. Shifting to meet the demands of the whole body has to include the blood. We all are used to the idea that staying fit meant only the body- muscles and sinew, nothing else. We always take what makes muscles work and our bodies functioning- blood. I have come to believe that there is no one-size -fits-all diet or program because it doesn’t involve the most important element of the body- our blood.
Health and fitness depend on proper diet, hydration and exercise; before doing anything consider what is good for your blood type.
Stay fit and healthy everyone!