Today is Part II in my series on BODY TYPES - one of my BEST KEPT SECRETS to looking great during your pregnancy and beyond!
As I said in Part I - 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!
Just to recap - the 4 Basic Body Types are:
1. Apple 2. Pear 3. Celery 4. Cauliflower
And today, we're discussing the Pear (the most common female body type!)
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); and • 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!
As a Pear, if you want to see results - you need to concentrate on working your upper body and moderate your lower body work to balance out your body.
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 20-30 minutes, of course, depending on your fitness level and how much weight you're trying to lose!) and leg lifts.
HOWEVER, while you're pregnant, I would NOT do any heavy lifting (let's save that for post-delivery!). For now, just stick to working your upper body moderately - and you'll be well on your way!
My TOP 4 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)
(For detailed instructions, with pictures, refer to my e-book!).
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. For more information on how to eat FOR your body type, refer to my e-book.