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Falling In Love With Fitness

Why You Need To Discover Your Unique Fitness Personality!

June 14th, 2012

By , MS, RD, WHC

If you dread your current fitness routine, aren't seeing the results you'd hoped for or gave up on exercise entirely...I'm talking to you.

Let's face it, anything we find enjoyable we'll look to include in our lives and anything we find painful we'll look to avoid. So where does that leave you and your fitness routine?

One of the reasons we may not look forward to our current fitness program is because what we're doing isn't in line with our "fitness personality." Just how we each have our own personalities, we each have a unique fitness personality too, and the more closely you cater to that personality the more you are going to enjoy your routine and the faster you are going to see results. So how do you discover your fitness personality? Start with your current level of health, your needs, interests, and lifestyle, then consider the following fitness personality traits:

Realize Your Objective And Your Deeply Personal "Why"

Do you want to workout to reduce stress, have more energy, lose weight, tone up, or train for a sport or competition? Do you want to prevent or bounce back from a chronic illness, gain more confidence or simply look better in your clothes? Is it to have more energy throughout your day, to improve your quality of life, to easily climb the stairs, or to feel sexier? Is it so you have the confidence to pursue a new career or relationship and a fit, healthy body would help?

We typically stay motivated when the reasons we're choosing to exercise are specific to us and deeply personal. The more aware you are of your "why", the more motivated you'll be to lace up and get moving.

Become Aware Of What Type Of Exercise You Like

Do you like weights, spinning, using resistance bands, kettle balls, machines, cardio, or kickboxing? Do you like yoga or Pilates? Do you like to run, exercise with fitness DVD's, take classes, CrossFit, Zumba, or dance? Are you competitive and would a team sport work for you?

Identify The Feeling You're Looking For During And After Your Workout

Do you want your routine to leave you feeling energized, more flexible, and with a greater sense of control or accomplishment? Do you want to feel like you've gone "full out" where you gave it 100% and pushed yourself to your limit? Would a combination of both be the right fit?

Discover The Circumstances That Work Best For You

Do you like to exercise alone or with a fitness buddy? Does a gym motivate you or intimidate you? Do you like to workout with music and if so, what kind? Do you like to workout indoors or outdoors? Would a variety of routines help keep motivation high? Do you need support from those around you and if so, how can they help?

Find Your Best Time To Get A Workout In

Many people find it's best to get a workout in before the day starts because as the day progresses, obligations come up and exercise is one of the first things to go if you have a lot to do. One suggestion is this: when you wake up, immediately put on your workout clothes. This way, you're mentally getting prepared and giving yourself a running start to get your exercise in as soon as you're able to. If that's not an option, keep your gym bag packed and ready, exercise on a lunch break or hit the gym before you come home at the end of your day.

Determine What You Need To Get Your Routine Going

Do you need a few sessions with a Personal Trainer, certain pieces of exercise equipment, or music for your iPod? Do you need to find the right gym, club or fitness studio, schedule time with a like-minded fitness buddy, or rearrange your current space to make it more conducive to working out? Would it help to find the right fitness apps, magazines, and support to keep you motivated and on track? Would you benefit from pre-scheduling your workouts into your phone or calendar?

The key to a lasting fitness program you enjoy is to discover your unique "fitness personality" and then creating a program based on what you find. Also, as your fitness level changes, so may your goals and interests. Just as flexibility is an important component in a well-balanced fitness program, it's important to be flexible in your approach to discovering and working with your unique fitness personality as well.

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