What Is My Ideal Exercise Program For My Blood Type?

 

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You’re keen and ready to get going.  Perhaps you’ve just had your initial consultation with one of our Heilkunst Practitioners and you’re looking over your food list with a mix of enthusiasm and overwhelm.  Or maybe you’ve been working with your glandular or metabolic type and you’re now ready to take that next step in your health by stepping up into your blood type diet.

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Now that you are getting to know what foods are most optimum for you based on typology, you can rest assure that you’ve got 30 years of live blood analysis on your side along with Dr. D’Adamo’s research confirming that this is the way you’ll eat for the rest of your lifetime.  No more whip sawing on fad diets for you!  You’re now ready to look at your corresponding exercise program also for the same long lasting results for your health and well-being.

 

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Naturopathic doctor, Joseph Christiano, author of Blood Types, Body Types, and You, and co-creator of The Blood Type Workout.  “When you follow a generic program that is one-size-fits-all, you’re never going to tap into your genetic potential.”  He adds that following your Blood Type Workout promises fast, long-lasting results enabling you to meet your long-term goals by harnessing the most resonant approach to exercise for you, ““The blood type is a powerful genetic fingerprint, and there is a chemical reaction to the food you eat, your workouts, and your blood.”

Let’s get right into what you’ve come to this page to learn about so that you can close the lid of your computer, or turn off your hand-held, and get right to the exercise program that is most suited to you and your blood type:

Type O

You’re the oldest blood type on the planet and your genetic heritage speaks to your caveman, or paleo, history.  You do best avoiding the typical North American Diet of carbs, dairy, stimulants like coffee, and refined sugars.  Your exercise regime speaks to your aggressive nature as a hunter and capacity to defend yourself from wily predators.  Also, your cardio regime helps you to metabolize all the meat you eat and stay emotionally positive and enthusiastic.  O types who languish around or who are too sedentary will feel depressed and spend too much time in their intellect worrying.

Best workouts:  You’re just naturally strong and athletic.  You occasionally marvel at those strong arms and legs that just seem to come with your inherent package as an O blood type.  While you no longer have to hunt for your food you still seek the same type of exertion as you did when you formerly had to chase down your meals, gnawing the meat off the bones of your prey.  Here’s a list of your ideal types of exercise:

 

Type A

Your DNA comes from ancient Asian farmers.  Think of the more meditative action of planting rice in the terraced paddies in Japan.  While you are inherently active, your movements will be slower, more deliberate as you plant those individual crops for your more vegetarian diet.  Your plate will be overflowing with salads, stir fried vegetables, fruits, with some whole grains, fish and chicken on the side.

Best workouts:  If your workouts are too intense, you’ll cause stress in your body by raising the cortisol levels which will cause stiffness and muscle fatigue.  Think of a Tibetan Monk and perhaps you’ll find your inner meditator.  Here’s a list of your ideal types of exercise:

 

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Type B

Your ancestors bought some animals from the O Blood Types and took off nomadically to Europe.  You were smart enough to know that if you slaughtered those animals for food, your supply of nourishment would run dry, so you developed a secondary molecule onto your originating blood type enabling you to effectively metabolize dairy.  You also do best with foods shot with a bow and arrow or as I say with humour to my patients, “B’s do best eating the animals found in the movie Bambi!”  You need the purine found in animals trying to make a quick escape like rabbit, venison, lamb and their accompanying organs like liver.

Best workouts:  Think of yourself as a cross between an O and an A Blood Type; too much cardio and it produces stress in your body, but not enough and you’ll suffer laxness and depression as well.  Here are your best exercises for your type:

  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Resistance Training

 

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Type AB

You’re the most recent blood type on the planet.  I’ve met few AB Blood Types in my practice over the last dozen years.  Your DNA is a hybrid—you have elements of both a Type A and B.  You need a cross between a dairy based, higher purine diet like a European and also the fruits, veggies and whole grains of the Asian rice paddy growing farmer.  Red meat is not for you.

Best workouts: Again, you’re a hybrid so high-power cardio is not ideal for you and you’ll need more than that meditating Tibetan Monk. Also, you have to be mindful that you’ll harbour anger with too little movement.   You love the feeling of being limber and strong in your joints and muscles.  Here’s a list of your ideal work out regime:

  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

 

*These exercises are guidelines and not written in stone.  Try to mix it up and see if a 5 day a week routine speaks to you using workouts that feel most resonant to you and your blood type.  Try to embody the principles of each typology when choosing the right exercise program for you and you’ll live wholly out of health and grace for a lifetime.

 

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