Best Kinds of Workouts for Your Personality Type

Posted on - in Health Inspiration, Personal Growth
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Are you tired of paying for a gym membership that only sounded like a good idea when you signed up?

Do you have a garage full of exercise and sports equipment that never gets used?

Do you sign up for workout classes but drop out after the first couple of sessions because it’s “not my thing?”

You may be looking at exercise the wrong way. Like most things in life, workouts are not a “one size fits all” solution to getting fit and staying that way.

If you’re tired of starting an exercise regime only to find yourself making excuses for not continuing, you might want to step back and look at your personality type to discover what activities are best suited for your individual traits.

Luckily for you, fitness studies have determined the best fitness routine is one matched to your personality type, rather than the latest and greatest fad that’s exploding in the gyms.

Instead of hoping the latest twist on Zumba will be the perfect workout you’ve been searching for, take a quick quiz to find your personality type, and you’ll be able to customize the recommended results to match your own lifestyle and mindset.

Based on the Myers & Briggs Personality Test which defines 16 different types of personalities, fitness personality tests define anywhere from four to eight different fitness personalities.

Here are four basic types and some simple workout ideas for each group. Decide which best describes your personality to begin plotting your ideal fitness regime:

The Planner

The Planner is reserved about fitness as well as all other aspects of life, and likes to have all the facts before she starts anything new. Usually a loner when it comes to exercise, The Planner’s best bet is to stick with the tried and true but to add new twists to her routine. A couple ways to mix things up are using a yoga ball to enhance stretching or adding wrist or ankle weights to a basic workout.

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The Go-Getter

The Go-Getter is the competitor in life. She lives for challenges and is the overachiever of the corporate world: think attorneys, stock traders, and CEOs. Go-Getters thrive on detailed workout regimes and competitive sports, such as tennis and handball, because to her, winning the game or completing the goal gives the most personal satisfaction. The Go-Getter does well with a personal trainer who will help her set fitness goals so she can see the results step-by-step.

The Social Butterfly

The Social Butterfly is usually found in the middle of the crowd and loves to interact with his peers. If you’re the guy who loves company and interaction with others, team sports and group workouts are the perfect setting for your exercise personality. To you, it’s all about the social experience. Join a class. Sign up for a baseball team, or join a bowling league to get the interaction you crave while on your fitness journey.

The Adventurer

The Adventurer is always game to try something new. Conversely, he’s also the guy that gets bored with the same old routine. If you’re an Adventurer, you should think outside the box when it comes to exercise. Hiking, climbing and anything new and interesting will draw your attention, but you need to keep consistency in mind when it comes to exercise in general.

Note that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to defining your fitness personality. Find an activity that you enjoy doing, and you’re exercise routine will likely start to feel a lot easier.

What kinds of exercises work best for your personality? Tell me in the comments section below!

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