Best Sports for Different Body Types by Dr. Sears

Understanding the different body types is important when it comes to selecting the type of physical activity you or your child should do. Each body type has different characteristics that enable them to excel or struggle with certain sports.

In general, bodies are classified into four types: Bananas, Yams, Pears, & Apples.

Banana body types are generally slim and burn fat easily, which means they naturally carry less fat.  Bananas are genetically lean and they don’t tend to be as muscular as the other body types.  Bananas tend to be good with endurance sports like running, swimming and soccer.  Taller kids may do well at basketball and more petite kids may do well with gymnastics.

Apple body types are round in the middle and tend to carry more muscle than bananas or pears.  Since they are more muscular, apples generally excel in strength-related activities like wrestling, football, rock climbing or gymnastics.

Pear body types are thicker below the waist because they store fat in the lower half of their bodies.  They tend to have a higher fat-to-muscle ratio than both apples or bananas. Activities that pears may excel in are martial arts and short-distance endurance sports like baseball, volleyball or track and field.

Yam body types are big all over and tend to be very strong.  These kids often excel at power sports like football, basketball, rugby, swimming or track and field.

No matter what your body type, the important thing is to pick an activity or a sport that you enjoy! “The best exercise is the one you will do!” says Dr. Bill Sears.


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