Do You Know What Your Exercise Personality Is?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Up until seven years ago when I discovered my passion for running, I, like many of you, found myself doing all that I could to meet my calories burn goal by the end of the week.  When I first began my journey to healthy living, getting on the elliptical for just 10 minutes at a time was a challenge. But over time I no longer had the motivation to get on it each morning to log-in my 60 minutes of activity. The elliptical was no longer a challenge for me. I began to despise my workouts even though I knew of the benefits. I needed something new to change up my exercise routine.

Having vowed I would never give up my quest for healthy living, I joined a gym not too far from my home. In the beginning it was so much fun. I was exposed to so many new and exciting things; everything from new cardio equipment, to weight machines, free weights, even spinning, yoga and Pilates classes. I was like a kid in a candy store. Every day allowed me the opportunity to try something new. But even with all the exposure to new things, I soon found my motivation waning after a few short months. I started viewing exercise as a punishment.

This is when  I decided to give running a try. I love being outside and I love a good challenge. I love competing against myself. Running fits all the criteria that best suits my personality which is why I believe I am still running after all these years.

When it  comes to exercise, studies have shown that people who participate in an activity that they enjoy, they are more likely to stick with their workout routine, therefore improving their longevity. In a book titled, The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by health scientists Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin, they noted that those individuals who participated in activities that they enjoyed, not the ones that promised the most calories burn in the shortest period of time, were more likely to adhere to their fitness routine over a long period of time. And as we all know, an active lifestyle always trumps a sedentary one. Participating in an active lifestyle has been shown to increase our quality of life in addition to improving our longevity.

Not too sure what type of exercise personality you are?

Well, SparkPeople has just the quiz to help you discover your own exercise personality. By answering eight simple questions, you will be given the results of your quiz and the personality that best suits you based on your answers. You will be given suggestions on how to make the most of your exercise personality as well as suggestions to keep your exercise life in balance. Remember that we all need to integrate some form of cardio, strength training and flexibility activities into our workout routine. Focusing too much on one area can lead to injury and burnout issues down the road.

After I took the quiz the results showed that I am a Hardcore Exerciser which fits me to a T. I love a good challenge. I love to push my body to the limits. However, with the stress of caring for my father-in-law the past several weeks I have found myself to be  more of a Multitasking Mover. In other words, finding short pockets of time to get in a quick workout, even if that is a 10 minute walk while on the phone with his healthcare providers. Just because you fall into one category now does not mean your exercise personality will not change over time.

So if you are new to the world of exercise or if you are finding your motivation waning, by taking this quiz you may just find the workout that best suits you and your personality.  

Below is a link to the quiz.

What is Your Exercise Personality?

What exercise personality are you based on your quiz results? Do you find it matches your exercise personality traits?

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USMAWIFE 5/19/2021
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FIRYMIST 4/1/2021
Thank you! Report
CECELW 2/26/2021
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Link didn’t work. Waste of time Report
Interesting article. Report
EVILCECIL 1/28/2021
I don't have any personality. :-P Report
RYCGIRL 12/22/2020
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ARNETTELEE 12/18/2020
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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2020
:) Report
Interesting article. I was all over the board. I'm not sure what that means for me. Report
RAPUNZEL53 9/9/2020
Nice to know Report
Interesting. Thanks. Report
thank you Report
I love strength training and walking Report
Thank you for a great article. Report
Great article! Thanks! Report
Good stuff Report
Any exercise in the water is great for me Report
We like hiking and cycling. Report
Interesting exercise. Report
I still see a gym as a punishment, good thing there is walking. Report
My A)s and C)s were evenly matched so I am a multitask mover and mindful master. Which totally fits because there are days I workout as Im doing other things, and there are days I would rather work out alone - me and my computer video workouts.. Now to find the exercises that fit Report
I ended with half a's and half pc's. I guess I like to multi task but also use my exercise to center myself. Report
I consistently couldn't choose between B and E. I'm socially competitive... LOL! Report
Ive become the type to divide up my workout time into the 10 minute increments.Provides more energy,and Im not tempted to give up as easily because I'm so tired!! Report
It was a tie between the socializing B and the adventurous D... I'm definitely all about having fun and making new friends! I need someone to hold me accountable and enjoy what I'm doing in order to get me moving. Report
I am totally an A exercising personality with a little adventure mixed in. Report
I am a type A multitasker with just a little type D adventurous exerciser!

These descriptions are very good - I do have to fit it in where I can! Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
Adventurous and Hard Core, guess that's why I ended up injured and gained all the weight back, sigh. This quiz was helpful, I just need to remind myself that I can't go hard core every day. Maybe I'll try the pilates and yoga stuff on the off days. It still feels like a challenge even though I'm not pushing too hard.
Type A-Multitasker. Very true! I love to do different exercises, toning, stretches,etc...I like to mix things up with small bar bells, resistant bands,small balls, Richard Simmons DVD's-make things fun! Even if I have to do chair exercises & modify everything Report
I like this Report
There were no choices for those of us who have health issues, or simply view exercise as something I have to do if I want to get healthier (like a trip to the doctor or dentist). I can't run at all and can only walk for short distances. Recumbent bike is my main cardio and that is boring, even with music. I can't see myself doing any of the activities the quiz suggested. I bet I'm not the only one who feels this way. Report
Mostly F's. This was really great. Report
I enjoyed this quiz. I can see myself as a little bit of everything but the adventurous exerciser won out :) Report
I am a multitasking mover with a bit of mindful master thrown in, and I think that this is pretty true about me. But I have learned to focus on my exercise time rather than try to multi-task when doing it so that I can reap the full benefits. Report
Half multi-tasker (A) and adventurer (D) meaning exercise is not a priority (sigh) Report
I'm a cross between a Social Sweater and an Adventurous Exerciser. Report
Mostly As which I would agree with. I am all about convenience. Report
Fun quiz! I'm an adventurous exerciser, which feels right - a lot of my fitness goals relate to having a new interesting experience :o) Report
I've found my favorite type of exercise is swimming. As a kid, my parents would take us to the public outdoor pools or lakes on vacation, and we'd spend the whole day there. This was in Germany, and the pools there have huge lawns, where we would lounge on blankets and read books and magazines, ping pong and foosball, playgrounds, etc., and usually there was a miniature golf course nearby where my sister and I would go and play. Swimming took place in between, 20 to 30 minutes at a time. One time, my dad and I actually swam across a small lake and got out at a dock on the other side, much to the surprise of the other vacationers. As a teenager, I started to find this incredibly boring, but now that I am an adult, I find that I enjoy doing the same thing. I found a club that has an indoor and an outdoor pool, and in the summer, I spend hours or even days at the pool, reading books, daydreaming, and going for 20 minutes swims every hour or two. If it feels like fun and relaxation, I'm more likely to do it. Report
no surprise that I am a social sweater. Having people in my zumba class helps to push me harder. I so agree that it's important to find your passion. I have friends who buy a treadmill and think they are gonna stick with it. Meanwhile they are not even sure if they like treadmills. I tried many things before I found my workout personality. It makes it so much easier when you do. Report
4ds, 3 cs and 1 b..... mix of mindful and adventurous lol!!! Report
I was a mix: Hardcore exerciser and inner athlete :-) Report
Multitasking Mover - definitely sounds like me!
Social exerciser! Need to challenge myself on non-Jazzercise days. Report
So weird! There were only two things I could even say yes to! Not many people at 72 take this test, I bet! Report