Your personality and your workout - do they match?

Updated: Jul 18

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Try Matching Your Workout To Your Personality. Do you battle with commitment issues when it comes to your workout?

The Research:

The key finding of a research presented in 2018, by John Hackston, Chartered Psychologist and Head of Thought Leadership at OPP, at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference of the Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon.

John Hackston said: We were keen to investigate how organizations could help their staff’s development through exercise, finding that matching an individual’s personality type to a particular type of exercise can increase both the effectiveness and the person’s enjoyment of it.

More than 800 people from a range of businesses across several countries were surveyed for the study, which found that people with extraverted personality types were more likely to prefer exercising at the gym. Staff with a preference for objective logic were also more likely to stick with a regimented exercise plan than those who view feelings and values as being more important. More creatively minded staff, particularly those who enjoy working with new ideas, were much better suited to outdoor activities such as cycling and running when compared to a structured gym regime.

John Hackston says:

The most important piece of advice to come out of this research is that there is not one type of exercise that is suited to everyone. There can be pressure to follow the crowd to the gym or sign up to the latest exercise fad, but it would be much more effective for them to match their personality type to an exercise plan that is more likely to last the test of time.

Based on their findings, the scientists made the following workout recommendations, suggesting the ideal training styles:

Extrovert – More likely to stick to exercising at the gym Objective – Regimented and strict exercise program Emotional – Varied programs with less structure Creative – Outdoor cardio based activities such as cycling, swimming and jogging

Now that you’ve figured out what type of exercise might be up your alley, you need some tips on how to stick with it.

1. Set a Challenging Goal

The best way to stick with a plan is to be working toward a goal that you are excited about. That goal could be to lose some weight or get your body in a better shape :) Whatever your goal may be, it is important to have a reason to get out of bed and train. So, make sure you have a goal in place and to stay focused on along the way.

2. Find Your Buddy

Finding a group or a buddy to train with will keep you accountable and make the time spent training more enjoyable. Look for someone who trains in a similar pace as you and these like-minded friends will keep you motivated and support you on those days when you need it the most. (No one understands a weightlifter better than a fellow weightlifter)

3. Personalized Plans

Make the most of your training time by having a plan that is personalized for you. Whatever you do, don’t waste your time with a general training plan. You are worth so much more than that :) invest in yourself. Non-personalized plans may be boring for you. Or even worse, they may injure you. Spend time finding a coach who will personalize your training season and help you create a plan. That plan should include a balance of fitness, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility. The right plan should take into account your current fitness, goals and any history of injuries. Most importantly it should adjust as you progress and become a stronger and faster athlete.

4. Plan Your Week

No matter how well intentioned you are, something always gets in the way. Set yourself up for success by planning the week in advance. If you enjoy doing your workouts in the morning, set your plan out the night before. This will eliminate any excuses and will get you out of the house before you change your mind. If you like to train after work, set a “workout” on your calendar and plan your deadlines so that you are not pushing off your workouts. But, if a spontaneous happy hour is planned, be flexible.

5. Be Consistent and Keep it Fun

Maintaining consistency in your training is crucial. Not only will it keep you on track with the necessary progression towards your goal, but it also plays a huge role in injury prevention. Self-trained athletes often struggle with consistency and end up trying to play “catch-up” with their training. Finding just the right balance of consistency and flexibility is an art and can take a while to master. It is important to be flexible or you risk becoming mentally and physically over-trained. Each training day should have a specific plan, and if you are unable to accomplish the given plan on a particular day, move it to another day.

Stay motivation and Stay focused on your end goal, but remember to have fun with your training too :)

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