Do You Know What Your Exercise Routine Says About You?
Written by: Janet Early
How you choose to exercise can reveal a lot about your personality and your values. The very fact that you exercise regularly and are reading this article exemplifies that you are a health-conscious, self-motivated person.
So, what other clues does your routine give away about you?
Yoga requires strength and balance. Dedicated yogis know how to stand strong when times get tough or when their muscles start to shake. When things go awry in their personal, emotional, mental or physical lives, they think through it and work it out.
Most importantly, they recognize the need for self-love and stress release. Yoga becomes not only an effective training exercise, but also a way to reconnect with yourself and disconnect from the distracting stressors of everyday life.
That kind of release and clarity is addicting, which is why people who regularly practice yoga tend to do it for life. Yogis get attached to their craft and yoga becomes a lifelong means of strength-building and meditative release.
If yoga is your exercise of choice, you’re likely: Stable, Passionate and Focused.
Runners take their excess energy and pound it out directly into the pavement. Runners often live active and busy lifestyles, so this form of exercise provides an escape for all that built-up thinking and stress.
Runners also tend to be achievers and derive personal satisfaction out of going the distance and beating previous personal bests. They may view past victories competitively and continuously strive to get newer and better results.
Often, runners use their exercise period as a way to get some alone time, using that break to recharge and reconnect with themselves rather than exercise in groups.
If running is your exercise of choice, you’re likely: Active, Achievement-oriented and Dedicated.
CrossFit has gained a lot of attention in the past decade as the hottest exercise craze since yoga hit the modern market. People who practice CrossFit, therefore, tend to be up on the times and open to new experiences.
CrossFit requires endurance. Those that stick with it are highly committed people who value self-improvement.
Interestingly, a study by Cardlytics in Atlanta found that “CrossFit members spend more on home improvement than other fitness users.” That fiery determination to improve oneself extends beyond the physical realm, proving that the CrossFitter values personal growth in every avenue of life.
The same study found that these people are frugal when it comes to extraneous spending, emphasizing the willpower of these folks and how they place more value in self-growth than in material things.
If CrossFit is your exercise of choice, you’re likely: Committed, Disciplined and Project-oriented.
Spinners are adventurers. When compared to other types of fitness enthusiasts, people who spin spent the most money on travel. In fact, they spent 2.8 times the national average!
Spinners are people who live in the moment and find excitement in trying new things. They also often have a taste for the finer things life has to offer.
In fact, the Cardlytics study found that “boutique cyclists… spend larger portions of their retail budgets on gifts, jewelry and shoes” than people who partake in other forms of exercise.
If Spin is your exercise of choice, you’re likely: Spontaneous, Adventurous and Rebellious.
Dance Or Zumba
Dancers or Zumba-goers are typically the life of the party. They believe that exercise is important, but also think it should be fun!
When dancers or Zumba-goers exercise, they love to congregate with like-minded people and connect in a fast-paced, exhilarating way. People who frequently join dance or Zumba classes are likely outgoing with warm personalities.
They like to include others and believe that enjoying life is the key to happiness. Overall, they tend to not let the little negatives get them down, but instead approach every day with a smile and can-do attitude.
If dance or Zumba is your exercise of choice, you’re likely: Fun, Friendly and Positive-minded.
Do you agree with this list? If your exercise of choice isn’t up here, please comment below, describing what you think it says about your values and personality! We’d love to hear from you!
The Wall Street Journal, article. “Spin or Yoga – What Your Workout Says About You”; Rachel Bachman. Printed 2/24/2016.
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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