Do You Know What Your Exercise Personality Is?


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Up until seven years ago when I discovered my passion for running, I, like many of you, found myself doing all that I could to meet my calories burn goal by the end of the week.  When I first began my journey to healthy living, getting on the elliptical for just 10 minutes at a time was a challenge. But over time I no longer had the motivation to get on it each morning to log-in my 60 minutes of activity. The elliptical was no longer a challenge for me. I began to despise my workouts even though I knew of the benefits. I needed something new to change up my exercise routine.

Having vowed I would never give up my quest for healthy living, I joined a gym not too far from my home. In the beginning it was so much fun. I was exposed to so many new and exciting things; everything from new cardio equipment, to weight machines, free weights, even spinning, yoga and Pilates classes. I was like a kid in a candy store. Every day allowed me the opportunity to try something new. But even with all the exposure to new things, I soon found my motivation waning after a few short months. I started viewing exercise as a punishment.

This is when  I decided to give running a try. I love being outside and I love a good challenge. I love competing against myself. Running fits all the criteria that best suits my personality which is why I believe I am still running after all these years.

When it  comes to exercise, studies have shown that people who participate in an activity that they enjoy, they are more likely to stick with their workout routine, therefore improving their longevity. In a book titled, The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by health scientists Dr. Howard Friedman and Dr. Leslie Martin, they noted that those individuals who participated in activities that they enjoyed, not the ones that promised the most calories burn in the shortest period of time, were more likely to adhere to their fitness routine over a long period of time. And as we all know, an active lifestyle always trumps a sedentary one. Participating in an active lifestyle has been shown to increase our quality of life in addition to improving our longevity.

Not too sure what type of exercise personality you are?

Well, SparkPeople has just the quiz to help you discover your own exercise personality. By answering eight simple questions, you will be given the results of your quiz and the personality that best suits you based on your answers. You will be given suggestions on how to make the most of your exercise personality as well as suggestions to keep your exercise life in balance. Remember that we all need to integrate some form of cardio, strength training and flexibility activities into our workout routine. Focusing too much on one area can lead to injury and burnout issues down the road.

After I took the quiz the results showed that I am a Hardcore Exerciser which fits me to a T. I love a good challenge. I love to push my body to the limits. However, with the stress of caring for my father-in-law the past several weeks I have found myself to be  more of a Multitasking Mover. In other words, finding short pockets of time to get in a quick workout, even if that is a 10 minute walk while on the phone with his healthcare providers. Just because you fall into one category now does not mean your exercise personality will not change over time.

So if you are new to the world of exercise or if you are finding your motivation waning, by taking this quiz you may just find the workout that best suits you and your personality.  

Below is a link to the quiz.

What is Your Exercise Personality?

What exercise personality are you based on your quiz results? Do you find it matches your exercise personality traits?

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  • 48
    thanks - 2/6/2018   1:38:14 PM
    We like hiking and cycling. - 12/30/2017   7:20:35 AM
  • 46
    Interesting exercise. - 10/29/2017   11:18:11 PM
  • 45
    I still see a gym as a punishment, good thing there is walking. - 9/12/2017   9:05:31 AM
  • 44
    My A)s and C)s were evenly matched so I am a multitask mover and mindful master. Which totally fits because there are days I workout as Im doing other things, and there are days I would rather work out alone - me and my computer video workouts.. Now to find the exercises that fit - 9/4/2017   2:47:56 PM
  • 43
    I ended with half a's and half pc's. I guess I like to multi task but also use my exercise to center myself. - 9/13/2015   11:37:05 AM
  • 42
    I consistently couldn't choose between B and E. I'm socially competitive... LOL! - 1/22/2015   5:46:08 PM
  • 41
    Ive become the type to divide up my workout time into the 10 minute increments.Provides more energy,and Im not tempted to give up as easily because I'm so tired!! - 7/14/2013   2:31:54 PM
  • 40
    It was a tie between the socializing B and the adventurous D... I'm definitely all about having fun and making new friends! I need someone to hold me accountable and enjoy what I'm doing in order to get me moving. - 7/5/2013   1:02:48 PM
    I am totally an A exercising personality with a little adventure mixed in. - 7/1/2013   11:06:50 AM
  • 38
    I am a type A multitasker with just a little type D adventurous exerciser!

    These descriptions are very good - I do have to fit it in where I can! - 6/28/2013   1:59:39 PM
  • 37
    Thanks for sharing. - 6/26/2013   6:57:36 AM
  • 36
    Adventurous and Hard Core, guess that's why I ended up injured and gained all the weight back, sigh. This quiz was helpful, I just need to remind myself that I can't go hard core every day. Maybe I'll try the pilates and yoga stuff on the off days. It still feels like a challenge even though I'm not pushing too hard.
    - 6/24/2013   5:43:05 PM
  • 35
    Type A-Multitasker. Very true! I love to do different exercises, toning, stretches,etc...I like to mix things up with small bar bells, resistant bands,small balls, Richard Simmons DVD's-make things fun! Even if I have to do chair exercises & modify everything - 6/23/2013   5:42:16 AM
    I like this - 6/22/2013   9:50:43 PM
  • 33
    There were no choices for those of us who have health issues, or simply view exercise as something I have to do if I want to get healthier (like a trip to the doctor or dentist). I can't run at all and can only walk for short distances. Recumbent bike is my main cardio and that is boring, even with music. I can't see myself doing any of the activities the quiz suggested. I bet I'm not the only one who feels this way. - 6/22/2013   6:13:33 PM
    Mostly F's. This was really great. - 6/22/2013   3:08:50 PM
  • 31
    I enjoyed this quiz. I can see myself as a little bit of everything but the adventurous exerciser won out :) - 6/22/2013   1:42:18 PM
  • 30
    I am a multitasking mover with a bit of mindful master thrown in, and I think that this is pretty true about me. But I have learned to focus on my exercise time rather than try to multi-task when doing it so that I can reap the full benefits. - 6/22/2013   12:17:43 PM
  • 29
    Half multi-tasker (A) and adventurer (D) meaning exercise is not a priority (sigh) - 6/22/2013   11:09:19 AM
  • 28
    I'm a cross between a Social Sweater and an Adventurous Exerciser. - 6/22/2013   9:56:19 AM
  • 27
    Mostly As which I would agree with. I am all about convenience. - 6/21/2013   1:26:53 PM
  • 26
    Fun quiz! I'm an adventurous exerciser, which feels right - a lot of my fitness goals relate to having a new interesting experience :o) - 6/21/2013   10:13:22 AM
  • 25
    I've found my favorite type of exercise is swimming. As a kid, my parents would take us to the public outdoor pools or lakes on vacation, and we'd spend the whole day there. This was in Germany, and the pools there have huge lawns, where we would lounge on blankets and read books and magazines, ping pong and foosball, playgrounds, etc., and usually there was a miniature golf course nearby where my sister and I would go and play. Swimming took place in between, 20 to 30 minutes at a time. One time, my dad and I actually swam across a small lake and got out at a dock on the other side, much to the surprise of the other vacationers. As a teenager, I started to find this incredibly boring, but now that I am an adult, I find that I enjoy doing the same thing. I found a club that has an indoor and an outdoor pool, and in the summer, I spend hours or even days at the pool, reading books, daydreaming, and going for 20 minutes swims every hour or two. If it feels like fun and relaxation, I'm more likely to do it. - 6/21/2013   10:06:55 AM
  • 24
    no surprise that I am a social sweater. Having people in my zumba class helps to push me harder. I so agree that it's important to find your passion. I have friends who buy a treadmill and think they are gonna stick with it. Meanwhile they are not even sure if they like treadmills. I tried many things before I found my workout personality. It makes it so much easier when you do. - 6/21/2013   7:34:02 AM
  • 23
    4ds, 3 cs and 1 b..... mix of mindful and adventurous lol!!! - 6/21/2013   7:33:17 AM
  • 22
    I was a mix: Hardcore exerciser and inner athlete :-) - 2/3/2013   3:49:48 PM
    Multitasking Mover - definitely sounds like me!
    - 5/30/2012   12:21:08 PM
    Social exerciser! Need to challenge myself on non-Jazzercise days. - 5/28/2012   10:03:24 AM
  • 19
    So weird! There were only two things I could even say yes to! Not many people at 72 take this test, I bet! - 5/24/2012   1:08:09 AM
  • JMB369
    Multitasking Mover with a strong showing from Mindful Master and Adventurous Exerciser. It's no surprise that I had not one check for Inner Athlete or Hardcore Exerciser. I definitely like variety and fit my exercise around the rest of my life, even though I basically love moving, whether it is hiking, ballroom dancing, or flow yoga. I like to have fun, and my favorite exercise DVDs are definitely the ones that combine multiple muscle groups. I love yoga, and I thought it was interesting that the down side of this type is a hyper awareness of the mind-body connection. that sometimes keeps a person from pushing their limits and taking risks. So true! - 5/23/2012   10:08:06 PM
  • 17
    Very helpful!! - 5/23/2012   1:09:19 PM
  • 16
    I got Adventurous exerciser but only 3 D's, the others were all different (one each of A, B C, F, & E). It is true I like to have fun and am a sporadic exerciser. I tend to be spontaneous with exercise and am not very good at planning it, something always seems to get in the way, so I go trail running when I can, I go on my lunch break when I can, and I sign up for races to keep me motivated (I do think races are fun). - 5/23/2012   12:58:14 PM
    3 B's, 2 D's and 3 F's - I like to exercise in a social setting much more than alone - I like a buddy or a small group. I like a splash of adventure (nothing too risky) and definately push myself hard every time. Exercise for me needs to me a physical challenge. - 5/23/2012   9:52:48 AM
  • 14
    Combination of Social and Adventurous. I was surprised because I've never thought of doing things like rock climbing - but I'd love to climb a mountain someday (the easy path. LOL) I realized that one thing that is holding me back from being more adventurous is my weight. Who new? - 5/23/2012   9:29:54 AM
  • 13
    I had every letter except C, with D,E and F tied for the most answers. Not sure what they makes me but I guess I know what I'm not. - 5/23/2012   8:09:03 AM
    Multitasking Mover
    - 5/23/2012   8:03:07 AM
  • 11
    Adventurous Exerciser for me. I love having fun while working out. It's a no-brainer for me ~ Water Volleyball, Aqua ZUMBA, Line Dancing, Land ZUMBA ~
    Those "exercises" are just fun stuff to do! - 5/23/2012   12:22:32 AM
  • 10
    C: Mindful Master (or moving meditation...). Sometimes I adopt other styles too, but this is my dominant one. It fits. - 5/22/2012   9:44:18 PM
  • 9
    Wow, I got Hardcore Exerciser, which I would have never guessed I would get. It made me realise how much I do like the idea of challenging myself and achieving feats previously before considered too difficult. Thanks! - 5/22/2012   6:38:34 PM
  • 8
    Multitasking Mover!

    I love getting a lot of things done at the same time. :D - 5/22/2012   4:16:30 PM
  • 7
    Love reading everybody's exercise style. This really points to the only way to keep exercising is to do make it work for you. When I decided to lose weight, I did not join a gym (I could think of too many excuses not to go) or join classes. I started with 10 mins on a stationary bike, bought a few exercise videos and Wii games, added some bands and free weights, and turned the rec room into my personal gym. I have been exercising regularly (6-7 days a week) for almost 2 years. I guess it was not surprising I was Multitasker and Adventurous (ie. Make it Fun!). - 5/22/2012   12:55:28 PM
  • 6
    I don't fit any of them, I had 1 or 2 in each section. Arg! - 5/22/2012   12:53:55 PM
  • 5
    It say's I'm a "multitasker" which isn't really true - I'm a homebody who exercises mostly in the evening. I definitely walk on my lunchbreak, though. I've got a little bit of hardcore going on as well, but I guess I do prefer the convenience of home exercise. - 5/22/2012   12:50:54 PM
  • 4
    I'm a cross between a Multitasking Mover (out of necessity much of the time) and a Hardcore Exerciser, much like you. No surprise, then, that running is what I love to do most; I do other things (cross-training and strength training) to both improve my running and to avoid burning out. I tell people who say they hate running to find something they DO enjoy--Zumba, strength training, whatever suits them--but to do SOMETHING to be active. Keep trying different things until you find what makes you want to move and then go for it! - 5/22/2012   12:20:30 PM
  • 3
    Love this! I am a cross between an Adventurous Exerciser and a Hardcore Exerciser... makes sense! Great tips & ideas, though just being mindful of my types helps. - 5/22/2012   10:52:48 AM
  • 2
    Oh wow, this story sounds like mine. I love the elliptical and I still use it as my cross-training activity but it just got too easy very, very quickly. That's why I picked up running and although I've only been doing it for 2 months, I can already feel like this is something I'm going to keep up with for the rest of my life. - 5/22/2012   10:27:36 AM
  • 1
    Adventurous Exerciser lol I'm all about the fun! - 5/22/2012   10:19:05 AM

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