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Mesomorphs tend to be natural athletes. Their broad shoulders, thick chests and well-defined muscles make them look athletic. Mesomorphs respond to exercise well. They gain strength easily, and their cardiovascular systems are generally quite efficient. Their primary weakness is a lack of flexibility. If you are a mesomorph, try to engage in a variety of exercises that allow you to use your natural gifts while improving on your weaknesses.
When mesomorphs are active, they generally have good cardiovascular health. However, with inactivity, the efficiency of the mesomorph's cardiovascular system declines. To keep their hearts and lungs in good shape, mesomorphs should engage in cardiovascular activity -- such as walking, swimming, cycling or running -- for at least 30 minutes, four or five times each week. If your goal is weight loss, aim for 45 minutes of cardiovascular activity in each of the four or five sessions.
Mesomorphs can build muscle easily. This is a good thing if you are looking to increase the size of your muscles. You can do strength-training exercises with high amounts of weight and a low number of repetitions. However, if you want to avoid having bulky muscles, you need to adjust your strength-training sessions. Increase the number of repetitions and lower the amount of weight you lift. This will build strength, not bulk, in your muscles.
Because the mesomorph's muscular system is so strong and sturdy, mesomorphs often lack flexibility. Incorporate stretching exercises into every workout session. Do a variety of stretches so you stretch each of your major muscle groups. For example, one day. stretch your hip flexors, quadriceps and pectorals. The next day, stretch your calves, hamstrings and trapezius.
According to MayoClinic.com, enjoying your exercise routine can make you more likely to stick with it. Choose different types of exercises in each category -- cardio, strength and flexibility -- that you enjoy. Because mesomorphs tend to like adventure, a varied exercise routine can suit them well. Mesomorphs also tend to thrive on competition. Weave some competition into your workouts. Either compete with yourself -- trying to beat your personal records -- or exercise with a friend with a similar fitness level.