6. If you had a bad day, what would cheer you up the most?
a) Indulging in your favourite dessert or getting some retail therapy.
b) Seeing the big picture: An off-day is small potatoes when you consider the good stuff
in your life.
c) Hearing a pep talk from your friend or partner.
d) Knowing that you can overcome any setback by putting in extra effort.
** Now click through to find your fitness personality.
Mostly a’s: You are The Fun-seeker
You’re social and non-competitive, and are primarily driven by the “fun factor” that some activities offer. The health benefits you get are secondary to you; they’re a nice side effect. Your main fitness roadblock may be a lack of commitment; you find it hard to stick with a regimen once the novelty wears off. “For everyone, independent of personality type, the best activity is always the activity you enjoy,” explains Catherine Sabiston, an assistant professor of exercise psychology at McGill University.
“Exergames” such as Wii Sports: These games, which combine video games with exercise, are fun and easy to learn. Some (such as boxing) can get you moving enough to raise your heart rate.
Dancing, from cardio hip-hop to salsa: In addition to burning calories, these activities allow creativity and can work major muscles like the quads, abs and glutes.
Mostly b’s: You are The Holistic Type
You’re independent and non-competitive, and you think of fitness as an essential part of your overall physical and mental health. In Shinitzky’s view, “these people have a true sense of balance. Their body is a temple, so they wouldn’t do something that causes them to get out of alignment.” You would likely enjoy exercising in an environment where you can focus on improving your own fitness, and it doesn’t really matter if you have people around you or not.
• Yoga: A discipline that is all about balancing body, mind and spirit, yoga lengthens muscles and improves posture, while the breathing techniques defuse stress.
• Pilates: The controlled movements help you hone lean muscle, as well as gain strength and stability in your core.