Having trouble sticking to an exercise routine? You might not be doing the right one for your blood type, suggests naturopath James L. D’Adamo, creator of the Blood-Type Diet. D’Adamo’s new book, Just an Ounce of Prevention… is Worth a Pound of Cure, proposes that each blood type has evolved with its own fitness needs. “When you cater to your type, not only does your physical body change, but your mind changes as well,” he says. Locate your own type, below, to discover his Rx.
If you’re an O… YOU’RE AN ATHLETE
According to D’Adamo, the most common blood type in the world was also the first, going back to the caveman and hunter. “The basic O is an athlete,” he says. “ She has more physical strength, and needs exercise to release stress, worries, fears and anxieties. Doing so helps her better assimilate information more quickly later on.” For an O, vigorous exercises such as hiking, bicycling, swimming and jogging are best—and an a.m. routine suits her well. “If an O exercises first thing in the morning, she goes through the day calmer, more peaceful, and better at problem solving,” he explains.
If you’re an A… YOU’RE A BUNDLE OF NERVES
“God’s gift to the A is the intellect,” notes D’Adamo. “The thing that stands in her way is her nervous system.” Possessing the characteristics of the first farmers, from whom he says they descend, As are deeply sensitive and need inner resolution, which exercise can help bring about. “You need to create peace,” he says. “Hatha yoga, tai chi and qi gong, all of which stretch muscles, are good; they eliminate tension. Meditation also helps calm the mind.” Avoid aerobic exercises, he adds: They tend to fix the body in certain tense positions that can, over time, be detrimental to the joints of a blood-type A.
If you’re a B… YOU’RE WELL-ORGANIZED
“Bs like everything in its proper place,” D’Adamo points out. Evolving millennia after the caveman and the farmer, they bear elements of both. “They’re not as physical as O, but close to it,” the naturopath says. “For them, exercise is also important to release tension, and help focus the mind.” Capable and centered, Bs often do very well in sports, and bring a thoughtful element to competitive games. To keep the type-Bs charged, D’Adamo recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in the morning, plus regular swimming, jogging, yoga, gymnastics, tai chi, qi gong or hiking.
If you’re an AB… YOU’RE PROGRESSIVE
People with this rare blood type combine aspects of both type As and Bs, D’Adamo says: “Generally, they have the sensitive qualities of an A with the organizational capabilities of a B. Exercise would be calming and allow their abilities to unfold.” A morning yoga routine helps turn their focus inward, while a late-afternoon bout of aerobic exercise, lasting 10 to 20 minutes, gives them a boost. “Generally speaking, ABs tend to be very progressive in their thinking, and it is sometimes difficult to understand them,” he says. The balance of activities helps unleash their real power.
For a more precise fitness prescription, check out Just an Ounce of Prevention, which offers quizzes that help illuminate distinct aspects of your blood type.