Have you ever had great aspirations to start a new fitness routine? Maybe a friend had amazing success with it, or maybe you were inspired by all the before & after shots of others who tried it? You give it a shot, visualizing yourself totally rocking the new routine, expecting to come out of 12 weeks of regular exercise with your dream body.
…but things don’t end up going quite as you had imagined they would. You try it out once, maybe twice, or maybe you “tough it out” for several weeks—telling yourself all the while, that it’ll be worth it, and in the end you’ll have developed an obsession with your new fitness regimen. For some reason though, the results you are getting are not exactly what you had envisioned. Maybe you have lost some weight, but your clothes are even tighter because you are retaining water; or your ankles are swollen and you’ve got shin splints; or you’re so sore that you can hardly move.
The result? You’re Unhappier than you were before, you dread doing your new workout, and bottom-line: it won’t last. This same scenario happens all too often despite the best of “getting-in-shape” intentions. Why?! It’s because the workout didn’t align well with your personality type.
Maybe you actually prefer being in nature while you walk, jog, or run, as opposed to using the treadmill at the gym; maybe you find that you really enjoy “pushing yourself” next to peers in an instructor-led class setting for your workout; or maybe you just really like to reflect on your day while you exercise after work, and having people around you doesn’t support that for you.
According to Suzanne Brue, MS, we each have a “Fitness Personality type,” similar to the Myers-Briggs personality types. Brue is a researcher, writer, and consultant on the connection between personality and physical exercise. Through her research and expertise, she has developed this “Myers-Briggs-like” Fitness Personality Test to help you:
• Discover your unique color-coded fitness personality
• Understand why you’re drawn to certain activities/environments and avoid others
• Learn how to use your fitness color to make better choices for your personality
• Incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle and create an exercise program you’ll never quit.
It’s a super-fast, easy, and FREE online quiz that not only tells you what your specific Fitness Personality type is, but also gives great suggestions and considerations for each type. You may even be quite surprised at the results you get! My partner, who can recite his Myers-Briggs personality type like a broken record, was shocked to realize that his Fitness Personality type was almost a complete opposite!
You see, the way we interact with others in our day-to-day lives, through work, socialization, and purpose—generally a “Service to Others” frame of mind—can be a very different thought process from when we take the time for our own Self-Care, through actions such as maintaining our health and fitness—generally a very necessary, and very Sacred “Service to Self” mentality. This distinct difference between our types of personalities in varying situations, is a major determining factor in whether or not what we are doing will align well with our true nature, which is to say, whether we will enjoy what we’re doing or not.
So, if you are considering taking up a new physical fitness practice, or if you have found yourself to be unsuccessful sticking with the types of exercise you have tried in the past, this quiz could offer you some great insights into what has prevented you from success in the past. Alternatively, even if you are already happily and successfully involved in a fitness program that you love, this Fitness Personality test can help you understand why it works well for you.