I took this quiz on what my fitness personality because, well, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to personality quizes and I was curious, LOL.
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As someone who loves to have fun, you may think it's a total waste of time to engage in any exercise that isn't fun. As a result, you may enjoy a variety of activities, which is great in many respects. Having so many interests may give you a leg up because you're good at a broad spectrum of activities and can always find something to do. You're also able to work your body in different ways to avoid boredom and overuse injuries.
Where you might have difficulty with is sticking with any type of exercise schedule. You may exercise for a week or two by playing tennis, inline skating, shooting hoops or walking with a friend. But then, if the weather's bad or work gets busy, you may not do anything active for several weeks. What makes exercise enjoyable to you -- the freedom to do what you like when you like -- may also be your downfall as you fight to follow some kind of routine.
Best Exercise for Your Personality
The good news is, you really can find activities that are fun for you while becoming a bit more disciplined about your schedule. Some ideas:
Join a Walking or Running Club
The social aspect of these kinds of clubs may appeal to you and having scheduled workouts you need to show up for, with the support of other members, may get you moving. You might also enjoy training for a future race or event with a group. Having something to work for may also keep you motivated.
Dance or Fitness Classes
While the gym may be a bit regimented for you, most clubs offer a variety of group fitness classes that may appeal to your need to have fun while you exercise. You might prefer circuit training, which moves quickly and keeps you on your toes, or classes that combine activities like cardio and strength training. You might also enjoy taking dance lessons, signing up for community activities like cross-country skiing in the winter or canoe trips in the summer or more free-floating activities like hiking or rock-climbing.
Playing Games or Sports
Part of having fun for you is having a purpose for what you're doing. Running to nowhere on a treadmill may not make much sense to a free spirit like you, but being an active participant is something you can relate to. Think active video games, basketball, raquetball, tennis, or any activity where you can engage your mind and your body for a specific purpose.
How to Get More Disciplined
To get the most of out your fitness program, you may need to reign yourself in and require a little more from yourself. If you join an exercise group or class, you'll have a schedule to follow on a weekly basis. But, for your other workouts, you may need to start scheduling them in your calendar to make sure you make time for them.
Schedule more of your workouts. You can still be a free spirit -- just a free spirit with a calendar.
Give yourself reasons to exercise. Not every workout can be fun, so remind yourself that being consistent, even if things get a little dull, will help you have more fun later. If you keep your body strong, you'll be ready for those fun and unexpected activities like skiing, hiking or inline skating.
Commit to regular activity. Even if your group isn't meeting this week or the weather's bad, you can still get in some activity. Be prepared for those times by keeping great exercise music handy for a treadmill workout or some exercise videos you enjoy doing.
Keep having fun. If things get dull, think of what you could do to spice things up -- maybe taking some golf lessons, a scuba diving course or a bellydancing class. As a fun-lover, your friends may look to you to come up with new ideas for being active and having fun. Use that aspect of your personality and your confidence to constantly push your boundaries.
My response to this quiz was varied, I confess.
For one thing, I think those who know, whether in person or online, know that I'm extremely 1) stubborn (maybe dedicated, persistent, and determined would sound nicer) and 2) very, very disciplined and goal oriented. I had to be to get through grad school, but it's also the way my brain is wired. So when I started down the road in 2004 (!) to get my body back, I did it deliberately, focused, and persistently. I've been consistent enough that when we move from this apartment complex, my husband has said he is comfortable with investing in either a gym membership and/or workout equipment for home, because I've consistently worked out 5 days a week for 10 years. Yes, I've had breaks in that streak, but not because I was lazy, bored, or distracted, but because my body told me that on no uncertain terms it NEEDED that break, usually because my hip and more recently my knee as well got angrily inflamed. And because of that, I've come a long way. I'm stronger. I can do activities that 10 years ago I wasn't sure I'd *ever* be able to do. And I'm kind of proud of that.
On the flip side, it is true that I'm easily bored, and that I do best with "activity" that is also fun--I prefer activities that actively engage my mind (such as tennis, fencing, dancing, etc.) to activities that are essentially mindless (like walking on a treadmill, which has increasingly become an activity I loathe). I'm also not good about fixed schedules. Sometimes I work out in the morning; more often in the afternoon but sometimes in the evening. I prefer to take my rest days spaced out (so maybe Friday and Tuesday) but sometimes I take them consecutively, like last week (BLC week, which runs Wed. to Wed.) I took them Friday and Saturday because of the other stuff I was doing, and this week it will be Saturday and Sunday, for the same reason. But my way of dealing with this is that I 1) focus on a goal of 5 days a week for at least X minutes (currently set at 30) and 2) being flexible about what I'm doing. If I can't stand the thought of being in my apartment but the weather outside is crummy, I go to the fitness center and use the treadmill or elliptical. If the weather is gorgeous, I do something outside, like going for a walk. If my hip really hurts, I do something low impact, like swimming (or if it's really bad, use a rest day). Sometimes I do an exercise dvd. Sometimes I play 20 minutes worth of upbeat music and dance around my office where no one can see me. And when I can, I do the activities I love the best, like canoeing, biking, fencing, and playing tennis. Frankly these activities are just "fun"--they often don't even seem like "working out" until later, when I realize how sore I am!
I will say that one of the most important motivators for me is my "reason to workout" that they suggest that I have. For me, it's more than just being thinner or even being a more effective fencer etc. I wanted my life back. In 2002, I hurt my hip--badly: bursitis and torn tendons. And it never healed properly. In 2004, when I started down the road to reclaiming my life, I could barely walk. I didn't want to be trapped in a chair the rest of my life, though, so I slowly started strengthening the muscles that had atrophied. I hated PT (it really hurts, more than just strength training, for one thing) but it was essential to get the function back. I walked in the pool because I wasn't even strong enough to swim, but the water took the weight off my bad hip.
I'm not where I want to be. Pain is still a big limiting factor in my life, sadly. But I'm MUCH stronger than I was and capable of so much more. I walked the Mackinac bridge a couple of years ago--5 miles! That's a big goal for someone who could barely hobble for 10-15 minutes. I now fence! Talk about an activity I didn't think I could do. I can now swim laps in the pool here--it's a small pool, but last summer I was hitting 10 or so laps (I actually lost count more than once!) before I had to go back to walking. I can do things like go to museums, and dance at weddings, and play ping pong with friends. I can now do things like go canoeing or biking with friends.... and keep up! So yeah, I'm getting my life back.