Body shape calculator: Your secret to exercising the right way

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Have you tried working out regularly, but don't see the results that you want? Try using...

Have you tried working out regularly, but don't see the results that you want? Try using a body shape calculator to find out your body type. Knowing what shape you are can allow you to customize your workouts to suit your specific needs, instead of wasting time using ineffective techniques when working out.

Shape it up

To find out your body shape, you should measure your bust, waist and hips. Compare your measurements to the following body shape categories:

  • Apple: If your bust and waist are larger than your hips, you have an apple body shape.
  • Hourglass: If you have an equally or nearly equally sized bust and hips with a smaller waist, you have an hourglass body shape.
  • Ruler: If your bust, hips and waist measurements are all about the same, you have a ruler body shape. Some people also call this body shape a banana.
  • Pear: If you have larger hips and a smaller bust and waist, you have a pear body shape.

What your shape means

Once you know your body shape, you can determine which exercises will give you the results you want. Apple and ruler body shapes can benefit from more cardio, like running, biking or taking part in an aerobics class. These exercises will increase the total caloric burn to help trim the abdominal area and to keep the whole body lean. The hourglass and pear body shapes can benefit from increased strength training, such as squats, lunges and calisthenics. These exercises will tone and tighten the muscles in the buttocks and legs to help target these trouble spots to keep them trim. You can also use your body shape to help you when you shop. For example, you can find pants and jeans designed specifically for each shape, which will flatter your body.

If you're uncertain about what type of body shape you have based on your measurements, try using one of the body shape calculators found online, or ask your Atlanta doctor to help you figure it out. Your doctor can also help you find out your BMI and other calculations that can help you better understand your physical condition.

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