Do you live for your Thursday night group training session? Or do you gravitate to long solo spins through the countryside? Are you stoked to hit the gym to lift? Or do you need a nudge?
How you answer those questions comes down to specific characteristics that make up your personality, according to a new study published in the journal, Heliyon.
According to MSN.com, “In the study, researchers analyzed data including activity type, frequency, and the personality characteristics of more than 400 physically active adults. They found that certain characteristics influenced a bunch of factors about working out, including what types of routines you prefer and how frequently you break a sweat.”
“Matching your workouts with your exercise personality not only increases your enjoyment, but also the likelihood that you’ll stick with it,” explains lead investigator Allyson Box, who began this work as an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, in a press release.
In my experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and the owner of Fitness for Health, a therapeutic, exercise facility working with children through senior citizens in the Washington, DC, area, I also believe that making your workout fun can often be the difference between failure and success and mediocre or amazing results.
Many people say they hate working out because they haven’t found a fitness routine that matches their personality style. Take inventory of your likes and dislikes: Do you like your workouts to be social, or do you really want some alone time? What about fast-paced workouts? Or, do you need quiet time to reflect the day’s happenings? Air conditioning or the outdoors? Use the answers to determine what types of exercise to try next. The only way to find out what you like is to be open and try new things!
People like to do things that they’re good at—and express distaste for anything that doesn’t come to them at least somewhat naturally. So, take advantage of your strengths to create an enjoyable exercise program. A review published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that people’s confidence in their exercise ability is the highest predictor of how often they exercise. So, if you lack eye-hand coordination, maybe joining a rec league baseball team won’t e enjoyable. But, if you have those awesome “mom arms” that comes from carrying around a 30-pound toddler all day, weightlifting might be a fun fitness choice.
Whatever kind of daily exercise you choose – whether it’s kickboxing, group yoga, hiking or creating your own workouts using playground equipment while your kids are on the swings – make it fun for yourself and you’ll keep up with your fitness routine while seeing great results!
Are you in need of fitness assistance? Fitness for Health can help you create a healthy, active lifestyle while having fun and sustaining weight management. We offer customized exercise programs designed to fit your and your children’s exact needs while helping you reach your unique health goals. From first-time gym-goers to NFL professional athletes looking for athletic training, Fitness for Health has fitness programs to help people of all ages and abilities reach their fullest potential. And, we offer family workouts and Open Gym playtimes so families can become active together. Call us at 301-231-7138 to see learn how Fitness for Health can help you improve your health.