• Tricia Arriagada

Never Lose Motivation! Know Your Fitness Personality and Choose the Right Workouts For You


I have a gym membership and every year after New Year's I see the same trend. The gym fills up with a bunch of eager folks ready to get serious and make a change for good. This is when I see the gym newbies trying to pull out their best tricks. In one corner is the couple in their 20's setting up a CrossFit like circuit of box jumps, walking lunges, kettlebell swings, and burpees. Across the room I see a man in his 50's struggling to bench 155 lbs. Then there's the woman in her 60's grinding away on the elliptical walker and she doesn't look happy. All of these people had one thing in common. After four weeks, they never came back. It's clear to me why they don't come back. They are usually doing too much too soon, or they are doing an activity they don't even like. It's only natural to follow trends and do what everyone else is doing, but what may work for one person doesn't mean it's going to work for you. Give it one year and at least half of the Peloton bikes that were sold will become clothing racks. The reason people struggle to stick with an exercise routine is because they are trying to live up to unreasonable expectations, or they don't really know who they are and what they like. There are many different fitness personality types. The more you get to know yourself and understand what motivates you, the more likely you will be to succeed. Here is a list of fitness personality types. See if any of these resonate with you. The planner: This individual likes consistency. They care about making progress and like to track and measure progress. Planners are not so much concerned with pushing themselves beyond their limits but would rather do a routine that is safe and predictable. They are more likely to plateau and get overuse injuries so they would benefit from hiring a trainer to help them mix up the routine a bit. Some preferred activities would be: running, rowing, walking, swimming, yoga, cardio, and light to moderate strength training. The person who lives in the moment and likes fun, and novel opportunities: You will never see this person on a treadmill and they might find the starts and stops of weight training too distracting. They easily get bored. Trying new fitness opportunities that are fun keeps them focused from start to finish. They also like to exercise in groups. Preferred activities would be: Basketball, tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, Zumba, Nia, Yoga, Drum Fitness, group cycling, and dancing. The nature lover: This person's desire to be outdoors overrides all other motivation to exercise. The only reason they would be in a gym is to get ready for a specific goal like training for a backpacking trip. Preferred activities: Hiking, backpacking, kayaking, cycling, and rock climbing. The person who craves routine and likes to zone out: These people are typically independent and choose routines where they don't have to think too hard about what they are doing. They free their minds by watching tv while exercising or tuning into their favorite music playlist. Preferred activities: Hiking, running, cardio, and strength training alone at the gym. I've listed only a handful of fitness personalities and I am sure I missed a few. I myself don't fit into one of these categories. I'm a little bit of everything. For years I only strength trained because I had one objective, to build a better body. The problem was, strength training didn't encompass all parts of me. Even though personal training is my business, I struggled with motivation too. Now that I have taken the time to truly get to know myself and what motivates me I find I like variety. I learned not to get sucked into what I think I "should" be doing but do what feels right for me instead. All that matters is that I'm staying healthy. Whereas my routine before was running 3 miles followed by 2 hours of strength training six days a week, now my routine varies. Every week is different. I hike, walk with friends, strength train, do interval training, yoga, and play tennis. I'm not so focused on sticking to a perfect schedule but making sure I'm doing something that I enjoy. I hope you can come to a place of understanding who you really are and what truly motivates you. What makes you healthy is not whether you can stick to a five day a week workout routine. It's about what is going to motivate you to move more. I just watched a video last night about why the Japanese are so healthy. It was quite simple. They eat smaller portions than us, healthier food (carbs included), and they walk a lot! All you have to do is keep it simple and consistent. Small actions taken daily lead to big results!



Find What Motivates You! Here is a List of Non-Traditional Ways To Exercise For You To Try.

  1. Rock Climbing

  2. Dance: Zumba, Salsa, Hip-hop...or just dance around your room

  3. Geocaching

  4. Roughhousing with the kids

  5. Martial Arts

  6. Standing Desk

  7. Walking Meetings

  8. Cleaning house

  9. Goat yoga

  10. Join a recreational league: kickball, soft ball, tennis

  11. Bike to work

  12. Listen to an audio book while exercising

  13. Go for a walk while talking on the phone

  14. Water Aerobics

  15. Low impact sports: doubles tennis, golf, walking football, nordic walking

  16. Pickleball

  17. Frisbee

  18. Barre

  19. Pilates

  20. Battle Ropes

  21. Rowing

  22. Fencing

  23. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or surfing

  24. Boxing and kickboxing

  25. Horseback riding

  26. A partner workout in bed 😜

  27. Rollerblading

  28. Stair climbing at stadiums

  29. Go for a leisurely bike ride

  30. Hire a personal trainer!



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