Normally, I have a VERY healthy dose of skepticism which I apply to any and all health/fitness/nutrition advice I see online. But, I recently stumbled across a body-type image that also had some very general guidelines to get the most out of each when planning a fitness routine. In this case, I'm willing to give a bit of credulity here. Not because I've researched this, but because I have some personal experience with working out to the maximum of my capasity daily and this 'feels' right for lack of a better word. Make sense? Maybe not.
Here's the picture:
So there are apparently three general body types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph.
As I looked into it, I also looked into what my body type may actually be. It turns out that I fall on the border between Mesomorph and Endomorph. While I was in the Army, I followed a one-size-fits-all routine that was most suited to Ectomorphs. Well Hell, if this has even a shred of validity to it, it's no wonder I fought so hard to maintain my weight and achieve the kinds of cardio performace people seemed to take for granted. It's also no freaking wonder that I got fed up after getting out and just gave up for a while.
When I came back, I turned to the military wisdom that had resulted in me being in the greatest shape of my life and maintaining that shape for literally years. Not a bad recommendation when you look at it. But, my physical progress seemed downright geriatric as compared to the time it took me to get into shape the last time. I KNOW other factors apply, like my current lifestyle, metabolism, overall fitness from starting point, etc.
Of course, I'm losing weight at a steady, slow rate. No, I don't want to upset what has worked so far. but, I'll be adjusting my routines to accomodate more cardio and provide a better balance of strength vs. cardio. I'm not actually adjusting the amounts of exercise I do, just the ratio of strength to cardio. I'm no longer allowed to cut my calories in any way, shape, or form but hopefully, this makes getting results feel a bit less like pulling teeth.
I've included a link to a body-type survey that I used to determine what my body type is. Just in case anyone is interested or curious.
You don't know what you don't know, but sometimes what you don't know is very important.