Let’s talk about body types. This is one of my best kept secrets to looking great during your pregnancy and beyond.
Once you figure out which body type you are, you will then be able to know what foods you should (or shouldn’t) be eating, what exercises you should be doing, and even how you should be dressing.
The four basic body types are apple, pear, celery, and cauliflower. And today we’re discussing the most common female body type: pear.
Firstly, what is a pear? A pear generally:
- Is “bottom” heavy (larger hips and upper thighs)
- Has narrow shoulders and a relatively small waist
- Carries weight on her lower belly (sometimes referred to as a pot belly)
- Loves bread, chocolate, and cheese (creams)
Most pears make the same mistakes. Most pears try (like I did) to lose weight by doing lots of cardio, bum, hip, and thigh work—wrong, wrong, wrong! Although it may seem logical, it is not efficient!
First of all, cardio does not tone your body, which you need! You now need to re-shape your figure. So as a pear, if you want to see results, you need to concentrate on working the big muscles of your lower body (not the tiny, lying leg lifts) as well as building your upper body to balance out your proportions.
Why your upper body? Because so many pears have droopy shoulders and underdeveloped musculature on their upper bodies, you’ll be amazed at how good it looks!
Take it from me and all my past clients: you will be happier with your body once you work with your body type—not against it.
For a non-pregnant pear—I usually recommend doing heavier weights on your upper body and less cardio (around 20 to 30 minutes, of course, depending on your fitness level and how much weight you’re trying to lose).
However, while you’re pregnant, I would not do any heavy lifting (let’s save that for post-delivery). For now, just stick to doing a good full bodywork out, concentrating on keeping that upper body toned.
My top four exercise picks for pears:
1. Seated Chest press (all levels)
2. Bent Over Row (all levels)
3. Lateral Shoulder Raise (all levels)
4. Stationary Lunges (moderate)
As always, with exercise and pregnancy, it’s important to check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise routine. And if you feel any kind of sharp pain discontinue immediately and call your doctor.
Other basics to help you look great …
- Prenatal yoga is good for building upper body strength. It also teaches effective breathing techniques—a key ingredient for an easy labor.
- I’d also recommend lots of activity (of course, only if it’s comfortably possible). Swimming, stationary cycling, prenatal aerobics, and walking are all good choices.
- In terms of what to eat, make sure you stay away from eating lots of starchy foods and chocolate. They will only make your problem areas more problematic.