Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become an important aspect of a successful life and when it comes to losing weight, exercising is one of the most important factors. But no matter how much ever you regulate your diet, if this is not backed up with proper exercise, results cannot be obtained. We all are well aware of the fact that exercising is good for our body, mind and soul. Ideally, a person should exercise for 30 minutes every day to stay healthy and fit. To remain fit, we often tend to choose an exercise that we find interesting but when there are plenty of options available out there, it is normal to get confused. As per Ayurveda, you should choose the exercise as per your dosha. Doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. There are three kinds of dosha -Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Performing exercises as per your dosha will help to create a balance between your mind and body.

Listed below are a few exercises as per Dosha type:

Vata Dosha: Vata is composed of air and space element. People with this body type are naturally energetic and love to exercise. However, people belonging to this category have a smaller body frame, weak digestive system and have a lower weight. So they need to slow down and balance their energy. Vata people have a hard time gaining weight and need to pay more attention to building bones and muscles. They need to do exercises like Lunges, squats and resistance band training. Yoga and low-intensity exercises are also excellent options.

Pitta Dosha: Pitta is linked with fire and people falling in this category have warm body temperatures, strong stamina and average stature. They are generally athletic by nature and prefer exercises that push their bodies’ limits. Boot-camps, boxing, Crossfit and weight lifting exercises are their favourite. But to counterbalance their energy, people belonging to this category should do non-competitive and relaxing workouts. Apart from this, Pittas are generally hot by nature. So, they should not perform exercises at a hot and humid place. They should do Yin yoga, Pilates, Swimming and Walking.

Kapha Dosha: Kapha is composed of water and earth elements. Kapha people have bigger frames, have great physical strength, but they are lazy and gain weight easily. It is quite difficult to motivate people belonging to this section. They should try fast-paced exercises to stay healthy and fit. Kapha dominant people have the highest endurance of all the doshas and can perform any exercise for a longer period of time. They need to do Tabata, HIIT, Plyometrics, Zumba and cardio exercises.

Itoozhi Ayurveda is a pioneer in Ayurveda treatments for lifestyle disorders and is based in Kannur, Kerala.

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