Endomorph: Curvy (Strong and Steady)
"Endomorphs are very grounded beings capable of incredible strength and stamina," says Kries. "They're also the most relaxed of the three types and great reminders to the rest of us to slow down and savor life."
Although your more rounded frame collects weight around the abdomen and hips, you're known for your endurance and, if conditioned, you have the potential to perform incredible feats of strength. "Shot-putters and weight lifters are most often endomorphs," says Kries. You're also very flexible, which may lead to joint instability.
Warm, down-to-earth, and relaxed best describes you. But you're no slouch: Once you set your mind to something, you use your natural strength to make it a reality. The only problem is getting you to take those first few steps. A sensual creature, you'd rather spend time on the couch with a book and a bar of dark chocolate. "It can be tough for this type to get up and out of the house," says Barrett.
You gravitate toward exercise that appeals to your tranquil nature: restorative or Yin yoga, tai chi, or qigong.
Since you're practical and simple in your approach to fitness, you find skiing, mountain climbing, or any extreme sport that's too daunting a turnoff.
Your Dosha: Kapha
With soft, shiny skin; thick, lustrous hair; and large, clear eyes, the balanced Ayurvedic type called kapha is the picture of serenity. You can hold your concentration longer than other people and, as a result, you donâ€™t bore as easily -- a great trait for taking up an activity and sticking with it. But when caught in a rut, kapha is prone to excess weight, lethargy, and depression.
It's better for you to make morning your fitness time; that way, you're less likely to skip it. You'll also counteract your normal morning sluggishness, build energy to get through your day, and earn every bite of your dinner. (For extra incentive, team up with a buddy or book time with a trainer.) Enjoy those grounding moves you love (slow yoga, tai chi), but also aim for about an hour of moderate intensity four times a week. Hikes, strength training, hot or Power yoga, and vigorous Pilates classes help you build muscle and boost metabolism.
Brisk 30-minute walk
Gentle Yin yoga or qigong
One-hour session with a personal trainer
Power or Vinyasa yoga class
30-minute swim, followed by 10 minutes of stretching
60- to 90-minute trail hike with a friend
30-minute session of dancing, or a dance class
Ellen Barrett, Body+Soul's mind-body fitness expert; Jennifer Kries, a Philadelphia-based Pilates instructor and creator of the "Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power Workout" DVDs.
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