What is your exercise personality? Do you know that finding out may lead to your success or failure? Studies suggest that people are more likely to follow through with a workout routine and get results when they enjoy what they’re doing. It makes sense if you think about it. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll want to do it more often!

So, you’ve decided to start exercising for one reason or another. Whether it was your doctor’s warning, an upcoming vacation where you’ll be on the beach wearing that dreaded bathing suit, or an upcoming high school reunion, something motivated you to take the first step and start.

Now what? How do you set yourself up for success? Remember you are doing this for you, so you’ll want to find something you enjoy enough to stick with it. This is where knowing your exercise personality comes into play. In short, no one else is going to exercise for you!

How to Determine Your Exercise Personality

An important thing to keep in mind when thinking about your exercise personality is the idea that what works for one person does not work for everyone. So, if you know someone who swears that yoga has changed her life, that doesn’t mean yoga is the right kind of exercise for you. Similarly, you may know an elite athlete who thrives in competitive team sports. But competition and intensity may not your thing.

It’s okay. You don’t have to try to be someone else. We all have unique personalities and needs, and the exercise programs we gravitate towards depend on that uniqueness.

You can determine your exercise personality by answering some simple questions.

  • Do you prefer the solitude of exercising alone, or is companionship more motivating?
  • Are you more attracted to activities that require great mental alertness and quick bursts of energy? Or are you more attracted to workouts that promote tranquility?
  • Do you thrive on competition? Do you enjoy participating in team sports?
  • Would you rather be indoors or outside? Perhaps it depends on the weather.
  • Does your previous experience with exercise programs lead you to believe you will like or dislike a certain activity?

Your responses to these questions should offer insight into your exercise personality.

Finding your exercise niche

The key to success when it comes to exercise is to keep trying. And remember that even if you try a type of exercise—like Pilates—there are unique styles and teachers. If one experience doesn’t quite fit, you may want to try another before you give up and move on to something else.

In the end, no matter what your exercise personality may be, it’s important to take time for you. In other words, do something! Many people make time to take care of others but don’t make time to take care of themselves. In the end, this leads to burnout and makes you less effective as a caretaker.

Instead, make your “you” time a priority, and don’t miss that exercise appointment with yourself. Exercise will help you stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Don’t skip it. Your health is your life!

About Susan Sommers

Hi, I’m Susan Sommers. I’m a native New Yorker, living on the Upper West Side. Pilates Body NYC provides private in-home Pilates instruction, focusing on mindful movement that enables you to reconnect with your body. My mantra is fitness is achieved one thought, one step, and one day at a time. It is a commitment you make to yourself to treat yourself right and give your body what it needs as you age. I believe that Pilates is much more than exercise. I practice it as a way of life that brings strength, awareness, and mindfulness to everything I do. My wish is to help you experience the same.
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