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Exercise Right for Your Blood Type


All physical activity, even when it is not exhaustive, usually leads to elevated levels of stress hormones. But once you get used to an exercise, it’s not as stressful. That’s what conditioning is all about. Generally speaking, trained athletes do not experience exercise internally as a stressful event, even if they push slightly past their normal training routine.

For this reason, a well-conditioned Type A might have the same or greater exercise tolerance than a poorly conditioned Type O. It’s not a question of “all or nothing.” I’ve seen many Type Os who happily incorporate yoga into their exercise program, as well as athletic Type As who enjoy weight lifting and aerobics. You have to evaluate your relative capabilities before you exceed your point of stress. Normally, this point arrives sooner for As, but with proper conditioning, Type As can excel in more strenuous activities. At the same time, Type Os who are in the exhaustion stage because of accumulated stress or chronic illness should not continue with an intense exercise program.

The right kind of exercise for your body can reduce the harmful effects of stress, promote mental well being, and help you attain a healthy weight.

For more information, including a complete listing of foods and exercise recommendations for each blood type, you can refer to my books Eat Right 4 Your Type. and Live Right 4 Your Type. A complete listing of the foods for the Blood Type Diet can also be found on the Type Base.


Dr. Peter D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician, author, researcher-educator and software developer. He is considered a world expert on glycobiology, principally the ABO blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms. He is the author of the international best-seller, Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type Diet series of books, and he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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