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Choosing the right workout plan begins with identifying your body type. When you get a custom workout and diet program, suited to your body type, the results are more effective and long lasting. There are essentially three distinct body types:

• Ectomorph: thin and lean body, has difficulty gaining weight
• Endomorph: plump and round build, has difficulty losing weight
• Mesomorph: muscular and rectangular body, can gain and lose weight quite easily

It is important to note that majority of the people don’t fit into any one of these categories exclusively. Here are a few workout plans that have proven to be effective for a variety of different body types:

• A moderate outdoor workout

If you’re someone who is just looking to maintain their current weight and shape, then hitting the gym isn’t the only option. You could easily go to your nearest park and walk/run/jog or even cycle to get some cardio workout. Add a few pushups, squats, lunges, planks and crunches to tone different body parts at the end of your cardio. This routine, when performed daily for about 30 to 40 minutes, will help keep you in good shape.

• Variation focused body workout

If you have a body that is good at gaining lean muscle mass, then you probably fall in the mesomorph category. The good news is that you’ll be able to get the most out of almost any training program. However, the ideal workout regime for a mesomorph should focus on variation and challenge. You will benefit greatly from an alternating workout program i.e. bulking up (with heavier weights) and then cutting up (with cardio) for adding definition to the muscles.

• Zumba and spinning

Zumba has become of the most popular high-intensity cardio workouts all over the world. It is known for burning a lot of calories in a single session (up to 800). Zumba is a dance-based workout regime which entails doing fun rhythmic movements to Latin beats. This type of workout is ideal for those who are looking to lose all those extra pounds without having to run on a boring treadmill. Joining a spinning class is also a good option for those who are overweight and need more cardio sessions each week.

• Weight training

Although everyone should include some weight training in their weekly workout, it is especially recommended for ectomorphs since they have lean and thin bodies. Their workout routine should be focused on mass-building workouts with heavier weights but fewer repetitions.

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