Apple-shaped women are at more risk of having a heart attack than men, according to the latest research from the Journal of the American Heart Association. It’s not unusual for us to want to change body shape, but is it possible?
What body shape am I?
The Apple: Round like an apple, particularly in the mid-section with thinner legs, broad shoulders and busty.
The Ruler or Banana: Straight up and down.
The Pear: Bigger bum and hips measurements when compared to the bust.
Hourglass: Bust and hips are in proportion and waist are smaller.
Inverted triangle: Bust and shoulder are wider than the hips
Can I change my body shape?
Bone structure and genetics play a large part in body shape. It is unlikely that you can transform your body from an Apple shape to a banana, but if you are prepared to put in the hard yards, you can lose weight, tone, tighten and sculpt to reduce your risk of Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).
How do I change my body shape?
Engaging the services of a personal trainer will help you choose the right combination of exercises. A balanced workout is important, however, your trainer will tailor your workout to have an emphasis on exercise that targets the areas of your body you need to change. Cardio will help you lose weight while strength training will tone and tighten.
Aim for 2.5 hours to 5 hours of cardio a week. It sounds a lot but to achieve the minimum that only a 30-minute walk at least 5 days a week. In addition to that include 2 30-minute resistance training sessions each week.