You probably already know that your personality traits directly affect your health and happiness levels! These exercise tips for extroverts, introverts, and neurotics will help you achieve your fitness goals – whether you want to lose that last 20 pounds or run a marathon…
The key to losing weight and getting fit is to find an exercise plan that suits your personality and lifestyle. Me, I love to do 20 or 30 minutes of yoga most days of the week, and walk my dog three times a day. That’s how I lost 20 pounds after turning 40.
Why is it so important to know your personality traits? Because “the stress of engaging in exercise that is not of our choosing can outweigh its health benefits,” writes Dr Pierce Howard in The Owner’s Manual for the Brain.
If you’re forcing yourself to go to the gym because your sister is a personal trainer or your partner works out every day, you could actually be harming your health. Instead of forcing yourself to work out, I think you should follow exercise tips that suit your personality – whether you’re introverted, extroverted, or neurotic!
My favorite yoga DVD is the 10 Minute Solution Yoga with Lara Hudson – it suits my introverted personality traits to a T! Hudson also did a fantastic Pilates exercise DVD, called 10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates.
Exercise Tips for Extroverted, Introverted, and Neurotic Personality Traits
Researchers from the University of Florida studied how the Big Five Personality Traits affect our exercise habits and fitness goals. Here’s what they found:
Extroverts prefer intense workouts with groups of people, and are prone to exercising fairly often. Scientist Amy Hagan said, “These excitement-craving people love lots of activity, and want to go, go, go.” Extroverts also prefer to listen to music while exercising – it helps them achieve fitness goals.
Introverts – like me – tend to like to run, cycle, or work out alone. They find groups of people draining, so their fitness goals need to involve “me” time. To find out if you’re an introvert, take this test for introverted personality traits.
Neurotics are least likely to exercise. Ironically, they’re most in need of exercise because it reduces anxiety and depression. Neurotic people tend to do cardiovascular exercises indoors, but not in a gym. They prefer home treadmills and low-intensity workouts when achieving their fitness goals.
Conscientious people are motivated enough to schedule their own fitness plan – and stick to it. Hagan said, “These are very self-disciplined people who strive to achieve something. They want to take charge of their own exercise routine to make sure it will get done.”
Agreeable people like to exercise first thing in the morning, to get it over with. Since they’re compliant and friendly, they have a tendency to help others and acquiesce to requests – which can derail their fitness goals.
Questions That Reveal Your Personality Traits and Fitness Goals
You don’t need a personality test to determine how to get and stay motivated. Simply answering these questions can help you find the exercise plan that works for you.
- Do I prefer working out in the morning, at lunch, or after supper?
- Do I want to learn something new, or stick with my favorite activities?
- Am I motivated by a personal trainer or people working out nearby?
- Do I like to work out alone, so I can set my own pace?
- Is exercising my way of socializing and meeting new people?
- Do I like to schedule my exercise into my day, or spontaneously choose an activity?
If you choose exercise goals that suit your personality traits, you’ll not only be physically and emotionally healthier – you’ll also be more motivated to work out and lose weight! Since 60% of people drop out of exercise programs within six months, finding your exercise personality is the key to getting and staying fit.
For more exercise tips, read 7 Ways to Get a Better Workout at the Gym in Less Time.
What do you think of these exercise tips for extroverts, introverts, and neurotics? Comments welcome below…
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