Forget about enneagrams and horoscopes! You can now use psychology to tailor your workout to your personality type.
by Reem Khaleel March 8, 2023
Finding workout motivation is sometimes an impossible feat. Especially in winter when you want to warm up by a fireplace, not for a grueling workout. Although skipping days to avoid the cold might seem like the better option in the moment, research shows that slowing your workout regimen for just two weeks can seriously impact your overall gains. Rather than skip out on exercise entirely or half-ass a routine you seriously hate, Haley Perlus, Ph.D., an expert in sports and performance psychology, recommends finding the perfect workout to fit your personality type. In this way, you’re more likely to engage on days when the motivation to move just isn’t there, which can help keep you on track to achieve your desired fitness results.
Whether you identify as introverted, extroverted, competitive, adventurous, energetic, or you hate exercise entirely, these exercises will speak to your mind as well as your body, so you’re less likely to ditch a fitness day simply because it’s too cold.
If you prefer to fly solo during your workouts, weightlifting might just be your calling. Because these types of exercises can be performed at the gym or in the comfort of your home, you’ll get to decide when and where to shred on your own. Plus, modern equipment (like ankle weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands) makes it super easy to lift outside of the gym and still engages all essential muscle groups. You can also build your core by performing bodyweight exercises such as planks, squats, lunges, sit-ups, and push-ups.
2. Boot Camp
Does your fitness motivation stem from interacting with others? Consider enrolling in a boot camp workout class. A mix of high-intensity and energetic exercises gives you the chance to bond with your classmates between intense reps and after sessions as you bask together in post-workout bliss.
3. Boxing Class
If you love friendly competition, boxing classes will allow you to engage that energy in a challenging workout with psychological benefits, including stress release and increased confidence, concentration, resilience, and self-awareness. Boxing is also physically challenging, helping to improve balance, endurance, strength, and hand-eye coordination.
4. Scenic Hike
For the adventurous type who loves the outdoors, explore a scenic location with a hike. For someone who loves new and exciting experiences, the gym might be an underwhelming atmosphere day in and day out. Enjoying a scenic hike by yourself or with others could be the fun alternative that allows you to go on an adventure and still get in a beneficial workout without feeling like you’re working out.
5. Spin Class
Spin classes are ideal for energetic people because they’re typically fast-paced and challenge you to keep your legs moving for up to an hour. With cycling, you can easily rid yourself of any lingering energy and engage in a very intense workout. Many spin classes are even themed with music from different artists or decades to keep you motivated with fun vibes that match your output.
Do you dread working out due to its hardcore nature? Insert yoga for those who hate exercises that are grueling and fast-paced. Yoga is a calm and slow full-body workout that helps increase flexibility, improve energy, and maintain a balanced metabolism. Instead of leaving you gasping for breath, the practice’s mindful movements will leave you physically and mentally relaxed.