Monday, August 2, 2010

Finding Your Exercise Personality

If it’s true that all exercises aren’t created equal, it’s also true that all exercisers aren’t either. The key to maintaining an exercise routine is to love what you’re doing. While choosing a routine that “speaks” to you might not completely cure your case of the lazies, it certainly is more conducive to success than hating your routine. So what type of workout best suits your personal style? Here are a few examples of different workout personalities and routines to compliment them:

The Gym Rat

True to their name, gym rats tend to be found primarily in the gym. You’re a gym rat if you primarily enjoy using equipment that can’t be found anywhere but a gym. The most efficient kinds of exercise can be found at a gym. You will be happiest working with a personal trainer to create a daily workout routine.
Suggested Exercises: interval training, weight lifting, and spinning.

While others are still trying to get their routine in order, you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling amazing!

The Natural Wonder

You hate to be stuck indoors doing the same routine over and over again. Instead, you’d rather be on a hike to some remote location. Running on a treadmill seems like unnecessary drudgery. Just make sure you keep up on your workout routine when the weather is less-than-ideal.

Suggested Exercises: hiking, rock climbing (indoor/outdoor), outdoor running, cross country running, and/or bike riding (outdoor)

The Free Spirit

You love all things artistic. Exercises have to be unique and fun to keep your interest. Better yet, they have to speak to your soul and sense of identity. Running and biking aren’t very unique and they don’t offer many possibilities for self-expression.

Suggested Exercises: hoop dance, yoga (either for strength training or relaxation, tai chi, belly dancing, and/or Pilates

The Competitor

You are motivated by competition with both yourself and others. There’s nothing you enjoy more than pushing your personal limits. Clear-cut fitness goals are also as source of encouragement and pride.

Suggested Exercises: boot camp training, marathon training, iron man training, and/or running with a running club

Finding your own personal style will ensure that you keep up with your exercise routine. Even if you’re happy with the routine you’re currently doing, don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things.

Guest Post by: Alexis Bonari, a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident education blogger and performs research surrounding College Scholarships. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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