Discover your 'exercise personality'
Monday 27 December 2010
While your New Year's resolutions to get fit may begin in earnest, for most people the good intentions quickly fall by the wayside. But health and science new website LiveScience reports on December 26 that adopting an exercise routine that suits your personality type can be your best bet.
If you never miss a deadline or are always on time, you may be highly conscientious. In that case, states the report, a regular exercise routine is ideal, and you may prefer solo activities, such as weightlifting or treadmill running. LiveScience also noted that such activities "do not require coordinating with others, or even the cooperation of the weather, giving conscientious people a sense of control" that they like.
If you dislike making plans and have a short attention span, you might be more impulsive. Opt for physical activities that can give you a rush, such as sprinting or contact sports. Also, break larger fitness or weight loss goals into smaller, manageable bits. For instance, if you aim to run a marathon in a year, set your goal to increase your running distance by five kilometers a month.
Social types get an energy boost from interacting with others, and they are well suited for group classes or team sports. Exceptions are yoga classes and golf teams, states the report, which attract more introverted types.
Adventurous? If you have an unquenchable curiosity, you're likely well suited for outdoor activity, such as hiking, running, or cycling. If you're prone to worry or anxiety, exercise in just about any form is crucial to help soothe nerves and promote emotional stability, experts said in the report.
Find out more about which exercises fit your personality type here.
What type are you? Take a quiz.
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