Exercise Basics What's Your Fitness Personality? Knowing yourself can help you choose the activities that fit you best. By Paige Waehner Updated October 24, 2016 Share Pin Email More in Exercise Basics Interval Training Workouts High-Intensity Interval Training Cardio Machine Workouts Abs Specialty Workouts and Videos Exercise and Health Beginners Nutrition Equipment and Apparel Fitness Tools Getting Results Total Body Workouts Yoga, Pilates, and Flexibility Motivation Product Reviews Weight Loss Programs Glossary Weight Loss Resources View All 1. On the whole, I tend to... Petar Chernaev/iStock be impulsive and fun-loving. be more logical, goal oriented and driven. fear falling short of expectations. be content with the status quo. 2. In my professional life, I work best when... Hero Images/Getty Images I can work at home, be my own own boss or have a flexible job. I'm the boss or am at least in some kind of management position. I'm in a structured environment with someone telling me what to do. I know exactly what's expected of me. 3. How would you most likely use a cardio machine in your home? Morsa Images/Getty Images I would never use any kind of machine - it's way too boring. I would use it on a regular basis, especially if it helped me reach my goals. I would go through phases where I would use it for awhile and then stop out of boredom or frustration. I would use it regularly, whether I liked it or not. 4. How do you feel about your body? Steve Prezant/Getty Images I'm very comfortable with my body and not afraid to try just about anything. I'm very comfortable with my body, but prefer straightforward, athletic activities. I'm not comfortable with my body - everyone else always seems to know what they're doing, except me. I've never thought about it - I just do my thing and get on with life. 5. When it comes to meetings or appointments... RoBeDeRo/Getty Images I'm frequently late, but get there when I can. I'm early or right on time. I go through spurts of always on time, and then chaos sets in and I'm late again. I'm usually on time. 6. In looking at my exercise history... xia yuan/Getty Images I've always done some sort of activity, just not always consistently. I've always exercised consistently, pushing myself to get better and better. I've always tried different activities, but I've never stuck with any of them. I've been doing the same activities and routines for a long time. 7. The activities I gravitate to are usually... Johnny Greig/Getty Images group activities or exercises that are more social and interactive. solo activities that have specific goals. the latest trend, whether it's a new fitness class or a new fitness gadget. things I'm experienced at and comfortable with. 8. The last time I tried a new exercise or activity was... Mike Kemp/Getty Images very recently. probably in the last few years. within the last few months. so long ago, I can't even remember. 9. If I had to choose between being a leader or a follower, I'd most likely be... Georgijevic/Getty Images either a leader or a follower, depending on the situation. more of a leader. more of a follower. unsure - I've never really thought about it. 10. If you were asked to try something completely different like ballroom or belly dancing, what would be your response? Javier Pierini/Getty Images Where do I sign up? That sounds like fun! I'd rather stick pins in my eyes. Maybe - who else is going and what do I wear? Why in the world would I want to do that? What's Your Fitness Personality? You got: Free Spirit Getty Images/rolfo As someone who loves to have fun, you may think it's a total waste of time to engage in any exercise that isn't entertaining. As a result, you may enjoy a variety of activities, which is great in many respects. Having so many interests may give you a leg up because you're good at a broad spectrum of activities and can always find something to do. You're also able to work your body in different ways to avoid boredom and overuse injuries. What you might have difficulty with is sticking with any type of exercise schedule. You may exercise for a week or two by playing tennis, inline skating, shooting hoops or walking with a friend. But then, if the weather's bad or work gets busy, you may not do anything active for several weeks. What makes exercise enjoyable to you - the freedom to do what you like when you like - may also be your downfall as you fight to follow some kind of routine. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet What's Your Fitness Personality? You got: Hard Worker Xavier Arnau/E+/Getty Images You are most likely someone who is disciplined and reliable. If you exercise, you may have been following the same program for a long time. Once you find something that works, you stick with it and work hard at it. But, you may be too reliant on your workout schedule, to the point where you rarely try new things for fear of seeing negative results or quitting. Getting out of your comfort zone and testing your limits on occasion may be just what you need to eliminate boredom and avoid burnout. As a disciplined, methodical person, you may tend to stick to more regimented routines. But, avoiding new activities or changing your program may be keeping you at a plateau. Breaking out of your comfort zone, even a little, will do wonders for both your mind and body. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet What's Your Fitness Personality? You got: By the Book Getty Images/Rick Gomez More of a leader than a follower, you like to be in charge and are likely a goal-oriented person. You may enjoy the process of setting goals and mapping out the steps you need to reach them. You're also disciplined and self-motivated, so you may not need a buddy or group activity to keep you supported. Because of these traits, you're the kind of person who is consistent with exercise and doesn't have a problem committing to a regular exercise program. You may lean towards more athletic activities and you may also have a tendency to get stuck in exercise ruts from time to time, having difficulty changing things up on a regular basis. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet What's Your Fitness Personality? You got: The Seeker Tetra Images/Royalty-Free/Getty Images You love trying new things and you're open to new ideas. While you may have a tendency to follow the latest fitness trends, you also have a history of starting and quitting exercise programs without finding an activity that quite clicks for you. You may even have a garage or basement full of gadgets you've bought and given up on. The great thing about you is that you never give up and genuinely want to find something that works for you. Perseverance serves you well, even if it doesn't always feel that way. Set specific goals to stay on track even as you explore new ideas. It may help give you more focus and direction. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. 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