No, I'm not giving you the recipe for a fruit salad (but if I was, you NEED grapes). These are 3 of the 4 common body shapes for women. I thought it would be an interesting topic to blog about because
a) I had to post-pone my long run and therefore couldn't talk about it; and
b) It's good for me to remember my body just happens to be a certain way and I need to love it!
Basically, all women are genetically pre-disposed to be a certain shape. Fat or thin, muscle-bound or otherwise, our basic body type remains the same. Lately the idea of discerning your shape has become trendy, so there are more and more categories. Trinny and Susannah (two presenters/fashion advisors from England) went so far as to categorize women into 12 different divisions based on body type. For a way to see what you are based on their technique, go here.
Me? I'm not so fussed about needing so many categories. The basic four work for me, and encompass most women.
Banana: this best describes someone who is straight up and down, with chest and hips being similar measurements and a waist that is not terribly defined. (Think Gwyneth Paltrow)
Apple: Chest/top half larger than the bottom half, slimmer legs and bum. Extra weight very often gets carried in the stomach. (Think Jessica Simpson)
Pear: Small waists and busts, larger on the bottom: thighs and bum. (Think Jennifer Lopez or Beyonce)
Hourglass: Chest and hips are similar measurements, waist is well defined. (Think Salma Hayek)
The reasons for wanting to identify your shape are varied--you can get advice on which workouts are best, or how to dress for your shape. Most importantly for me, it's a reminder for my self-image.
I'm a pear. A big ol' pear. So when I see a leggy model, straight up and down, I can say to myself, "whatever, she's a banana." Seriously, try it next time. Don't compare yourself to someone who genetically has a completely different make-up than you. No matter how I tone up or run more, my boobs are never getting any bigger. My legs are never getting any longer. That's not how it works for me. What does happen easily is attaining a flat stomach and a teensy waist. So I focus on those positives.
|Don't love your shape?|
|Tough luck! Embrace it!|
Most definitely a pear. Small chest and waist, lovely big legs and bum!
How do you embrace your shape?
I love wearing things that show off my waist, and often dresses that skim over the lower bits.