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Stay in shape with a workout designed for your blood type

Staying fit may sound simple enough, but the fact is that with the busy lives we live, staying fit seems to be more of a luxury than a necessity these days. It’s a fact that not everyone has the same basic exercise needs; one person only needs to think about exercise and they drop 10lb… You know the person I’m talking about, while another can flog their guts out in the gym for months on end with seemingly no results.

There could be a few reasons for this, bad diet, bad trainer or quite possibly you are causing your body more stress by doing the wrong forms of exercise for your blood type. It’s impossible for a one-size-fits-all approach toward exercise to work on everyone and the fact is exercise can get tedious, time consuming and intimidating for a lot of people.


Do find activities you enjoy for fitness success

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to find something you love doing. You wouldn’t expect to climb the corporate ladder and be successful in a job you hated would you? Well, your fitness is no different. If you hate it, you won’t get there.

Do make your exercise schedule something you can sustain

Losing weight and getting fit is one thing, but if you can’t sustain it, what happens then? You eventually put the weight back on. It’s fine to do a bit extra when you are first starting to get quicker results, but ultimately you need to design a schedule you can stick to.

Do HIIT for Blood Type O

An intensive combination of resistance and cardio exercise using the principles of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) work wonders with blood type O looking for weight loss. Crossfit, Circuits and Indoor Cycling class are perfect.

Do more Yoga, Pilates and Meditation for Type A

There is a reason why vegetarianism is stereotyped with yoga and meditation. Blood type A does best on a vegetarian style diet, and also responds best with an exercise program that favors more calming and relaxing exercise. Strength training is still important for numerous other reasons, but you don’t need to train like an Olympic athlete. When doing more intensive exercise session, take a good 10-15 minutes at the end to calm down and relax.

Do find a balance of everything for Type B and AB

For blood type B, group activities are perfect and the balance of different training styles keeps the blood type B interested and stimulated. With the B group, variety really is the spice of life


Do not set unrealistic goals that you can’t achieve

No one likes to fail, so why set yourself up for failure before you have even started? Setting small achievable goals is the quickest way to fitness success. Being able to track and see results while you are still in the early stages will be motivation to keep going. 30 days is a great timeframe to see results, and it sounds much more achievable than a month.

Do not compare yourself to other people

We have all compared ourselves to others before, however this is the biggest mistake you could make. It’s hard to avoid it with TV, magazines, billboards - you name it - all of them telling us how we should look. At the end of the day you are never going to look like that person you are comparing yourself to. Accept who you are and embrace what you have.

Do not obsess over your weight

Weighing yourself and obsessing in the mirror every day is a sure fire way to not only drive you crazy, but also give you more body image problems than you had before. Although it is important to see and track your results, do it no more than once a month so you can see significant results. Lastly, try not to rely solely on weight, use a combination of weight, body fat, measurements, and how your clothes fit.

Do not live on diet food products

It can’t be emphasized enough how bad most “low fat” diet products are. You need to remember that when something is taken out, something else is put in to keep flavor and consistency. Usually those additives are far worse for you than the fat itself! Eat the full fat product, but cut your portion size in half.

The best advice is to swap your soda consumption for water.

Do not exercise on your own

There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of having a workout buddy like having a spotter, someone to correct your technique, and someone to check out the hottie over there on the treadmill with. Everything is more fun when you do it with someone else, plus having someone to keep you accountable and push you through in invaluable. Book your exercise sessions into your diary like any other appointment for the day and make sure you stick to it!

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The biggest thing is to keep exercise fun, social and interesting. Do activities that will respond best to your body and decrease stress as much as possible. This lifestyle approach will be the difference between short term weight loss and long term happiness.

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Mark MoonFitness Expert