Over the years, we have found that DNA plays a huge role in how our bodies react to factors such as diet, exercise, disease, and injury.
Scientists have even developed therapies targeted to specific issues based on our genes. Therefore, it may not be such a far stretch to say that our blood type could even play a role in what type of diet and exercise might be the most beneficial to us. That is the principle behind “The Blood Type Workout”.
This new workout programme claims to have fast, long-lasting results as long as you follow the diet and workout plan that is best suited for your blood type.
Co-creator of the programme Joseph Christiano explains: “Blood type is a powerful genetic fingerprint, and there is a chemical reaction to the food you eat, your workouts, and your blood. When you follow a generic programme that is one-size-fits-all, you’re never going to tap into your genetic potential.”
This programme’s creators suggest that your blood type is very important and should be considered as you decide what to eat, how to exercise, and how to rest. They also believe that because people have different blood types, they will always show different results in more wide-ranging studies that look at a particular type of diet or exercise.
Here is an overview of how this programme works for each blood type.
- Type A. Those with type A blood are thought to resemble the DNA of ancient farmers. This typically means that intense exercises may only stress you out, and you should opt for things like tai chi, yoga, and pilates, all of which can give you a great boost of energy while keeping your stress hormones in check. As far as diet, follow a vegetarian or vegan diet with a focus on fresh, pure and organic foods.
- Type B. People with type B blood usually have a high allergy threshold, robust immune system, and strong digestive tract, so it is thought that they can tolerate most foods easily. Like their nomadic ancestors, those with type B should stick to moderate exercises like tennis, swimming, strength training, low-impact aerobics, and hiking.
- Type AB. Type AB blood is the most biologically complex and you should focus on the combination of exercises for types A and B. You need high-intensity workouts to relieve stress but also require calming activities to even things out. Your diet should consist of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, while only including a small amount of red meat and dairy.
- Type O. Those individuals with type O blood are said to most closely resemble cavemen. With this blood type, you should focus on high-intensity workouts such as interval training, martial arts, running, plyometrics, and Spartan races. Working out will benefit you both physically and mentally. You should also be focusing on a diet rich in animal proteins with lesser amounts of grains and dairy.
Does “The Blood Type Workout” sound like it might be a good fit for you? This programme is fairly new, and like many fad diets and fitness trends, it has garnered plenty of criticism. Before you make any changes to your diet or exercise plan, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor!