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Workout For Your Blood Type

The theory upon which blood type diet and exercise plans are based is that the four distinct blood groups evolved in our ancestors in response to diet and lifestyle. This, according to proponents of these plans, makes blood type an important consideration in determining what types of foods can be most easily metabolized by the body and what sort of exercise can best maintain optimal fitness and health. For more information on diet and blood type, please see our Guide to Eating for Your Blood Type. Below, we'll detail how those theories translate into practical action in terms of your workout.

Blood Type O

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Individuals with type O blood, according to blood type theories, have a genetic makeup that most closely resembles our hunter-gatherer ancestors or cavemen. People with this genetic profile tend to be intense, athletic and strong, and need exercise more than other blood types to manage stress and anxiety and maintain physical health, since those with type O blood, according to blood type theories, are predisposed to thyroid and metabolic disorders, as well as weight gain and ulcers. Under a blood type fitness plan, high-intensity exercise, like running, swimming, bicycling, interval training or plyometrics are recommended for type O individuals.

Blood Type A

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Type A individuals are thought to have descended from ancient farmers, who also got plenty of exercise, but spent their time engaged in slower, less intense activity than did those hunter-gatherer types. People with type A blood may have difficulty recovering from stress, responding to it with high levels of stress hormones. People with blood type A are said to be prone to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Workouts that promote calm and focus are recommended for this blood type, such as Tai Chi, yoga or Pilates. Since type A individuals are said to be more prone to joint problems than other blood types, they are encouraged to avoid over-training in higher intensity workouts, such as aerobics or resistance training.

Blood Type B

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People with type B blood may have inherited the traits of nomadic ancestors, tending to be very active. They are not quite as intensely physical as type O individuals, but like them, need exercise to release tension and focus the mind. Like type A people, those with type B blood have a tendency towards high levels of stress hormones. They are said to be predisposed to inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Exercise recommended for type B include aerobics, swimming, jogging, hiking, yoga and tai chi.

Blood Type AB

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Individuals who have type AB blood – a rare blood type – are said to have inherited characteristics common to both type A and type B. They are likely to be intense, internalizing feelings, and are prone to muscle stiffness and pain. Lower-intensity, calming exercise is recommended for type AB, such as tennis, low-impact aerobics or yoga.

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