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WELLNESS: EXERCISE

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 next time.

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 revitalize you.

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 the experience.

Recommended routine: walking/jogging with a friend.

Source: New Choices magazine.

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