YOUR FITNESS PERSONALITY
What's Your Fitness Personality?
In order to develop a successful exercise routine
you must select activities that suit your personal style,
according to Dr. Carole Lieberman, UCLA Neuropsychiatric
Institute. After 50, if you have an easy-going, relaxed
outlook, you're not likely to be happy smashing balls
on a racquetball court. On the other hand, a hard-driving,
competitive spirit won't be satisfied with a yoga session.
Here are five fitness personalities along with exercise
routines that experts recommend for each type.
Self-confident Personality: you have
a healthy regard for yourself and would like to appear
strong and confident. When you look and feel your best,
your self-esteem soars.
Recommended routine: strength training.
Hard-charging Personality: you look
on fitness as serious business, not mere recreation.
Because you have a strong competitive streak, you like
to keep close track of your progress ... and then break
your own record by working faster, harder or longer
Recommended routine: muscle toning.
Controlling Personality: you believe
that you are in full command of your body, and staying
well is important to you. To maintain your youthful
vigor, you watch your diet carefully, see your doctor
for regular checkups and tend to exercise through pain.
Recommended routine: bicycling and swimming.
Introspective Personality: you have
a spiritual side and see exercise as a good way to get
in touch with your body. A bit of a loner, you're happiest
with sports you can do away from the distractions of
other people. Meditative forms of exercise relax and
Recommended routine: Tai Chi.
Gregarious Personality: to you, meeting
new people or being with friends makes exercise pleasurable.
Hiking along a lonely trail holds little allure for
you. You'd rather have someone at your side to share
Recommended routine: walking/jogging with a friend.
Source: New Choices magazine.
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Exercise Index | Benefits
| Body Type | Guidelines
| Personality | Aerobic
| Anaerobic | Compound
| Fat Burning | Body Shaping
| The Core | Weight Training
| Stretching | Troubleshooting