Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mighty Morphin Power... Me -- posted by Sarah Grace

Recently I noticed when looking in the mirror that my arms and legs have been looking slightly larger than usual. I haven't been eating much, and every morning I diligently do a 30 minute full-body workout. And yet, my pants were feeling tighter, and my upper arms were growing at such an alarming rate, that even my mom mentioned it to me! The horror. The horror.

It turns out that I... am an endomorph. Go, Go, Power Rangers!

Actually, an endomorph is a term that's used for a certain body type. A commonly held view is that there are three primary body types. I'm an hourglass endomorph, which means I have a slow metabolism (as if I didn't know that already) and I build muscle mass quite easily. It also means I have a higher fat-cell count than the other two types, so that while I may be strong, my overall appearance is soft and undefined.

Now it makes sense why I'm almost able beat my brother at arm wrestling, but I still don't have any muscle definition. (I'm a kind sister, so the almost-beat brother shall remain unnamed.)

My problem is, I've been doing the wrong kind of workout for my body type. I was doing quite a bit of heavy resistance training, which added bulk to my frame, instead of slimming me down. I discovered that for my type, I need to do more low-impact aerobic exercises, such as walking and jogging, and only do light resistance training. By following that program, I should get back to my fit and curvy self, and lose the "thick" look.

Soooo, I've decided to take up interval jogging again. I began interval jogging (1:2 jog/walk) last winter, but a foot injury caused me to stop for three months, and I hadn't gotten back into it. I just now returned from my first run, and I feel great. I had forgotten what a wonderful stress reliever it is!

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