How to Define Your Body

Understanding how to define your body is an important element of planning your fitness goals. If you are attempting to change your body into something that is just not feasible, then only dissappointment will ensue.

We need to understand our own:


Body Type

We each fall into one of three main body types:

  1. Ectomorph – thin and wispy. A lot harder to build muscle and needs protein & supplement support. More about keeping a good fat cover. More prone to back injuries due to often longer spine not supported by muscle structure. If flexible, joints can be put under pressure from too much flexibility. Need to build muscle and cartilage to support frame.
  2. Mesomorph – athletic and strong. Easy to develop toned muscle. Performance physique.
  3. Endomorph – stout and shapely. Often large embedded muscle structure, need to strip away fat to see it. Added weight adds more stress to joints. Just as easy to gain flexibility. Harder to lose weight. Avoid high impact – elliptical striders are good.

All types can gain flexibility.

To read more on defining your body in terms of female and male body shapes, skin type, skin color, hair type.


Body Composition

Your aim in the Antiaging Wellness program is NOT to lose weight. It is to build the optimal fat burning body composition AND build cardiac fitness. By building muscle mass and cardiac fitness you will AUTOMATICALLY lose body fat. The balance between your lean muscle mass and body fat is known as your ‘body composition’.

There are two components that compose body mass: muscles and organs. Assuming that organ mass does not change, lean body mass is a good estimate for your lean muscle mass.

What this means is, on a typical weight-loss diet, you will lose about 65% fat and 35% lean mass. When you go off the diet, you gain the weight back. But you don't revert to your original body composition. You gain back 80% fat but and only 20% lean mass. Eventually, every diet makes you fatter because it worsens your body composition. It increases your fat and decreases your muscles.

Muscle loss and fat gain is one of the indicators of aging. Diets speed up your muscle loss and hence speed up your aging. To offset that aging we must reverse this trend by gaining muscle and losing fat.

This does not mean bulky body building muscle – it means lean toned muscles that continue to burn fat for you 24x7x365.
Working your body composition is the ultimate body antiaging technique


The “Weight Obsession”

I am perplexed as to how “weight” became the overarching measure of the ideal body. No-one really wants to lose weight – what they really want is to lose fat, gain muscle strength and definition, gain “body tone”, gain movement flexibility etc.

The only time “weight” is a useful measure is as a component of calculating body mass index or body fat percentage.

So forget about it! Instead, focus on the antiaging-wellness measures we have incorporated here. If you think about it – a pound of fat has a greater visual mass than a pound of dense muscle – its crazy and demoralising to intensely follow ‘weight’ as a measurement when you are focusing on building muscle. You can be the same weight and yet have a totally different body profile.

Also, when you first start limiting your calories, your body is going to start burning through its glycogen stores. These sugars are stored together with water in the tissues and organs of your body ready for use. That water weighs a lot, so it appears you have lost body fat when you have only lost water. This water needs to be replaced – and you find out your scales have fooled you. Not very encouraging.

In addition, once your glycogen store reaches zero, you will get really hungry, and tend to overeat. You glycogen stores fill back up, along with another extra a pound of body fat or so. This is the calorie diet see-saw so many experience.


Muscle Mass

It’s much easier to lose muscle than build it back, so the sooner you start your antiaging body building program, the better.

Muscle mass is a combination of lean [long fibre] muscle, and dense [short fibre] muscle. Your antiaging bodybuilding program can be structured depending upon the volume and number of the different types of muscle.

Types of Muscles and Loss with Age


Body Measurement

There are a number of body measurements used in body building. Some help determine the program protocol; others help with measuring results.

  • Heart Rate - used to measure cardiac fitness
  • Body Frame Size - to determine the size and expected weight of the skeletal structure [bones]
  • Body Mass Index - to measure the muscle mass
  • Body Fat - uses calipers to measure surface body fat
  • Strength Tests - upper body and lower body strength measures
  • Flexibility Measures


Customising Your Workout Routine to Your Body Type

Now you understand the benefits of an antiaging body building fitness program, and what you can expect based upon your body type, you are ready to start designing you custom workout routine.

Before you do so, you may like to determine your fitness personality to see what type of exercise best suits to start.

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