Your Exercise Personality
this sound familiar - you start an exercise routine and it goes
good for several days or even a few weeks. Then you stop working out.
You think it's lack of motivation or no time in your schedule. However,
it could be your workouts don't compliment your personality.
There are several fitness personalities and are labeled as square,
rectangle, circle, triangle and squigglies (love the name of this one).
If you want to know if you are a square (and I don't mean a geek) then
take this fun fitness personality quiz to find out.
If you want to
review all the personality traits then click here
for all the answers.
Exercise Personality Quiz
Just answer these few questions on the exercise personality quiz to
find out what your exercise style is
and get tips on how to ensure you don't start and stop your workouts.
Find your personality below to read what it says about you.
Square personalities reliable, stable and predictable. If you are a
square exercise personality, then you tend to keep to the same routine
each day, week and over the months.
This is okay as you tend
to stick to your routine, but once you hit a weight loss plateau, this
routine needs to be shaken up and changed.
Here are some
steps you can use to mix it up to push past the plateaus.
- Throw out the schedule and think outside
the box (or in your case, the square). Try being impulsive and don't
plan your routine the day before. Instead get up and just do what ever
workout strikes your fancy that day.
- Get outside! You’ve been walking
or jogging at the same pace at the same time each day using your
treadmill. Instead, take it outside and change it
up. Without the monitors your speed will not be predicted and
the duration can be more flexible.
- Pump It Up! If your strength
training has consisted of only resistance bands or dumbbell weights,
then it’s time to pump some iron. Go to the gym and use some
of the machines to mix it up.
Like the square, you like things orderly and routine but can be more
flexible as a rectangle exercise personality. You do better in social
groups but find yourself working out alone.
Here are some tips
- Join a gym, walking group or exercise
class. These are scheduled so meets your routine personality but also
offers you the social interaction.
- Use your flexibility to alter your workouts
when things come up. If a class gets cancelled, just pick something
different for that day and time.
Circles are emotional, helpful and love to socialize. As a circle you
let your emotions drive your workouts. You tend to be the social
butterfly at the gym talking up a storm to whomever will listen. You
are a caring person but often put your own needs at the bottom of the
Here are some tips to keep you exercising.
- Find a workout buddy or trainer that is
motivating but won't push too hard.
- Because you like to socialize, join a group
class for your perfect workout. You can be part of the group as you
follow the routine.
- Stop putting yourself last on the list.
Learn to take care of your needs and fit your exercise routine in your
busy schedule of helping others.
Triangle exercise personalities are competitive and driven. You are
very organized and detailed. As a triangle exercise personality you can
probably tell your friends exactly how many reps you did on which
machine on what day and at what time.
You tend to track all the details
of your workout and monitor your progress closely. However, if you
don't have a goal (or the finish line) identified you tend to lose
motivation and have a hard time sticking to your routine.
Here are some
tips to keep you moving.
- Set your goal. Make goals for your
exercises to keep it competitive and keep you motivated.
- Find another triangle as your workout
buddy. This will add that edge of competition to help your workout even
- Set a higher goal like training for a
marathon or competitive sport.
Squigglies are outgoing, spontaneous and hate the mundane of routine.
As a squiggly exercise personality you have no set routine. You are the
complete opposite of a square and tend to be spontaneous.
workout is too routine you find it easy to quit and then look again for
something new to try.
Here are some tips to keep you working out.
- Do many different types of workouts. If
working out at home, get a variety of exercise DVDs. Use dumbbell
weights and resistance bands to keep it varied.
- Join some classes at your local community
center. Although these are scheduled (and you hate routines) pick
different ones and make them fun like a dance class, volleyball and
- Try new sports and activities with
friends like hiking, canoeing and snowboarding. These will not only
burn calories but you will love the action these sports bring.
In addition to this exercise
personality quiz, check out this article
on snack personalities
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