How to Determine Your Exercise Personality

3 steps to stay committed to a fitness regimen by matching it with your personality

Do you break out into cold sweats at the thought of going to the gym even for just 30 minutes? Before you cancel your gym membership altogether, it might help you to determine your exercise personality. Exercise should be fun — not painful or boring. The steps below can help you figure out your exercise personality, which will help you choose the exercises that you'll actually look forward to doing.

Step 1: Assess your character qualities

Experts say that people who match their exercise regimens to their personalities are more likely to stick with a fitness program. First, consider the following character traits and which ones are most part of your personality:

  • Competitiveness
  • Sociability
  • Sense of adventure
  • Spontaneity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Ability to focus

Step 2: Choose an activity that matches your personality

After you've determined which character traits are most integral to your personality, think about how the personality of your exercise matches up to your own personality. A person who is shy, for example, might not enjoy a boisterous aerobics class. A person who is more timid about starting the exercise routine might want to try yoga because it focuses on self-reflection.

Step 3: Make adjustments to your current routine as a part of determining your exercise personality

Even if you're fairly satisfied with your exercise routine, you can make small changes to your workouts to reflect your traits. Realizing your exercise personality can also help you find exercises that are similar to things you currently enjoy. Switching up your routine can help make exercising more enjoyable and less tedious. For example, a person who is interested in toning could switch from weight to circuit training if she finds that she’s isolated in the less-than-social weight training environment.

Tips

Still not sure what your exercise personality is? Talk to your doctor or mental health professional; they might be able to give you a personality trait inventory like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You’ll learn new facts about yourself, and be able to make some necessary changes to your fitness routine, changes that can help you commit to exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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