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The Right Exercise for Your Type

The Right Exercise for Your Type

Many of us have made the resolution to exercise more in the new year. But the kind of exercise you choose to do may not be compatible with your life-energy type, which could outweigh the benefits to your system. And if you choose the activities that are just right for you, you will be in much better balance.

Find out what the ancient Hindu system of Ayurveda can tell you about the kind of physical activity that best suits you. First, take the fun quiz to see what type you are. Then find out which exercise is best for you for your optimum fitness, energy, and health, all right here:

First, take the Dosha Quiz.

Vatas tend to get worn out; they have a low reserve of energy. the worst thing they can do is overextend themselves physically. Vatas are fairly flexible, so they love exercise like yoga and Pilates, where they can stretch and warm their muscles. They also like exercises where they can have fun, because they tend to get bored easily; anything new and interesting gets their attention. They love a hot, steamy shower after exercise.

Best exercise for Vata

Pittas are fiercely competitive, so sports where they play on a team, or games where they have something at stake, really fuel their fire. Swimming, diving, and other water sports are great for Pittas, because the water is cooling, which is balancing for them. It is refreshing for Pittas to take a nice dip in the pool after their workouts.

Best exercise for Pitta
Competitive or team sports:
Or cooling sports:

Kaphas have a lot of stored-up energy, so they can take more strenuous exercise—actually, they need to burn off that energy so that it doesn’t turn to bulk. Running is great, even if it’s on a treadmill at the gym. Weight lifting is also really good for Kaphas. As a reward for their efforts, Kaphas may look forward to a nice warm soak in the tub!

Best exercise for Kapha
Stimulating, regular exercise:

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Adapted from What’s Your Dosha, Baby? by Lisa Marie Coffey (Marlowe and Company, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Lisa Marie Coffey. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from What's Your Dosha, Baby? by Lisa Marie Coffey (Marlowe and Company, 2004).

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1:00AM PST on Nov 3, 2014

Thank you!

10:17PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Interesting, thank you.

10:16PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Interesting, thank you.

10:16PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Interesting, thank you.

10:15PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Interesting, thank you.

10:14PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Interesting, thank you.

12:14PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I'm a Pitta (from the quiz) but by these descriptions I'm DEFINITELY a Vatas! Give me yoga over competitive sports ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

1:13AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:31AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thank you

12:55AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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