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WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?

NOT BLONDES OR BRUNETTES, BUT BODY TYPES; WHETHER YOU’RE TALL AND SKINNY OR SHORT AND STOCKY, YOUR TRAINING AND NUTRITION CHOICES SHOULD BE TAILORED TO YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP

You are what you eat, the saying goes. But that’s not all – you’re also what you are, in the sense that we are all born with a body type that’s determined by genetics, rather than by calories alone.

Much of the modern research about ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs – read on to find out which one you are – is applied to muscle building, but your body shape affects how you should train and eat for running as well.

There’s just one caveat: don’t get hung up on it. “We need to be aware that discussions about performance can affect body image,” says Tom Craggs (runningwithus.com). “You need to embrace the shape you’ve got and maximise the benefits that come from your body type.”

THE ECTOMORPH

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