Exercise Specifics – What type of exerciser are you
Some specific suggestions for specific types of exercisers
Which one are you?
The following exercise personality types are adapted from Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet by Robert F Kushner, MD.
Even when younger, you were never encouraged to be physically active, did not like to sweat, and may not have had the coordination to excel in sports. As you got on with your life, inactivity became even more acceptable, which reinforced your disregard for physical exercise.
You feel socially phobic about exercising in public. Just the thought of being with other people in an enclosed exercise space may keep you out of the gym. Because you have hyperawareness of your own body compared to other people’s body sizes (especially when wearing tight clothing and when jumping around), you are not able to relax your mind or body long enough to enjoy any group exercise experience.
Without prior bad or good attitudes about exercise, the life of the inexperienced novice has never been physically active. Either your job never demanded much physical activity or you never played sports. You simply don’t know how to exercise effectively.
This is the weekend warrior who after a sedentary workweek spends hours pounding the pavement or intensely working out in the gym. Or maybe you join a health club and work out 4 to 5 days a week for months and then, because something gets in your way (injury, work, stress at home), you end up being sedentary for months on end. The all-or-nothing doer is typically a goal-oriented, driven person whose all-or-nothing characteristics reflect a personality trait seen also at work and home. What you don’t realize is that inconsistent exercise makes you more injury-prone.
You are typically frustrated about not losing more weight because you already exercise regularly. On questioning however, it is apparent that you have been doing a fixed exercise routine – such as walking on the treadmill at the same speed for the same duration or maybe walking outside 3 times a week for a half hour each time. By staying at your comfortable pace and not challenging your body, your body becomes so efficient at what it’s doing that you don’t get the same benefit. And many repeaters also become bored.
You either already have an established medical problem or injury that impairs your ability to exercise, or you worry that exercise may bring on a heart attack or injury since you feel so out of shape. Differing attitudes are also important, as one sufferer may be truly frustrated and angry she can’t exercise, while someone else may develop a resistance or defiance to exercise – having developed a “yes, but” attitude.
You are busy at work and home and the local community. You’re likely to be very frustrated because you know you need to exercise but can’t seem to squeeze it into your hectic schedule.