FIGURING OUT YOUR WORKOUT PERSONALITY

Dr Joy Bringer, Sports Psychologist at the Sports Council for Wales said:

"The study offers great guidance for beginners looking to kick start an exercise regime. The more an activity suits your temperament, the greater the chance of you enjoying yourself, sticking with it and seeing results. If you fall into that group who has stopped exercising after six months, figure out what contributed to you stopping. When you decide to start increasing your activity levels again, set realistic goals, and remove as many of those barriers as you can. And most importantly, have fun!"

The fitness personality profile should give you some ideas about which activities suit your style, but that doesn’t mean you should rule anything out! Just because you love running solo doesn’t mean you will loathe yoga class, and just because you enjoy a chilled out tai chi class doesn't mean you'll be jangled and jostled by a fast-paced kickboxing class. Only you truly know what stokes your fitness fires.

What suits you?

1. Sociability:

This relates to the amount of interaction required. For some people, exercise is a social activity and they need to be able to go somewhere, see their friends and motivate each other to achieve a goal. Other people want quiet time for themselves while they exercise.

- Sociable: Golf, aerobics, circuit training and netballNetball

- Non-sociable: Yoga, swimming and cycling

2. Spontaneity:

Some are open to change and spur-of-the-moment happening, while others look for control and predictability and avoid situations that are likely to change.

- Spontaneous: Squash, mountain biking and football

- Controlled: Gym training, swimming or tai chi

3. Motivation:

A lucky few have determination and willpower in abundance, but most of us rely on support from others to get keep going and are more likely to be motivated by competition.

- Internally motivated: Cycling, running, swimming and climbing

- Externally motivated: Tennis, football, rugby and volleyball

4. Aggression:

Taking an activity on in a strong, forceful, assertive way that borders on aggression is necessary for some, while there are those who prefer to adopt a gentle, non-aggressive, or passive manner.

- Aggressive: Martial arts, group training and mountain biking

- Non Aggressive: Walking, yoga and tai chi

5. Competition:

Some perform better when competing, while others actively avoid it, preferring instead solitary or collaborative pursuits.

- Competitive: Basketball, group training and golf

- Non-competitive: Pilates, dance and walking

6. Mental Focus:

Concentration and focus comes easily to some and need activities which allow your mind to wander. Others are easily distracted and need constant stimulation and interaction to help keep focused.

- Focused: Team sports, martial arts and dance

- Un-focused: Swimming, running and walking

7. Risk Seeking:

Thrill seekers pursue adventure, but those who are more cautious avoid risk and are far more concerned with safety and security.

- Risk-seeking: Water-sports, martial arts and mountain biking

- Risk-avoiding: Yoga, walking, tai chi