Pear Body Shape Exercises

According to Michele Olson, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, lower body fat is much more difficult to lose than fat in the midsection or other areas. The good news is that overweight, pear-shaped women are at a lower risk for health problems than overweight, apple-shaped women. However, it is best to tackle obesity as early as possible to avoid complications later in life. Begin by implementing exercise into your life at least five days a week, and by eating smaller meals. Remember, starvation or extreme food restriction will cause your body to store more fat, so focus on reducing portions but eating steadily during any workout program.

Interval Walking and Jogging

Interval cardio training burns more calories than steady cardio, such as going for a long jog. To incorporate intervals into a cardio workout, simply start at about half your maximum intensity (a brisk walk, for example), and increase your intensity every couple minutes. After you sustain your maximum intensity for a minute or two (a jog or sprint, depending on your fitness level), drop back down to a recovery level at about half-intensity. Repeat this cycle for 20 to 45 minutes, and remember not to strain yourself if you haven’t exercised in a while.

Other Interval Training

You can implement interval training into a variety of cardio activities—running, cycling, elliptical, or swimming. A good way to increase intensity in running or cycling is to add hills to your workout. Because interval training is intense, you may want to alternate interval days with steady cardio days, or alternate interval days with strength training days.

Strength Training

Two or three days a week of weight training can have phenomenal effects on health and physique. Weight training is the only way to change your body shape—while cardio training will help you lose weight, weight training will build lean body mass and balance the shape of your body. For the lower body, light weights and high reps will build lean body mass without “bulking up” your pear shape. For the upper body, Olson recommends a more traditional program—higher weight levels and a lower number of reps.

How to Store Clothes in Storage

With different seasons comes the need for different types of clothing. During the off season, clothing can be stored in a garage or storage facility. It is important to store these clothes properly. If not, bugs such as carpet beetles and silverfish can make a nest in the clothes. They can even leave your clothing with unrepairable holes. Mildew is another concern if clothing is not stored in the proper conditions.

Instructions

  1. Wash the clothes you wish to store. Do this even if you believe the clothes are already clean. The cleaner the clothes, the less likely you are to find insects.
  2. Dry your clothes in the dryer on high heat without any fabric softeners. Fabric softeners can attract insects. The high heat will kill any insects that were already on the clothing.
  3. Hang your dresses, blouses and dress pants on plastic hangers. Place them inside a thick canvas bag. Do not use thin garment bags as these are prone to mildew. Also, before zippering up the bag throw in a few tiny bags of silica gel. This will keep the area dry to prevent mildew.
  4. Fold and set your other clothing down flat in a plastic box. Between each piece of clothing put a sheet of acid-free tissue paper. This helps keep colors from fading. Add some silica gel packs to the box, and place a lid on it.
  5. Place your garment bags and plastic boxes in a storage area or facility that is well ventilated. Cold basements and hot attics are not ideal for clothing storage. A closet or underneath a bed will work if you are not planning on using a storage facility.