What Do Your Fitness Goals Say About You?
Even though most people are perfectly aware that they don’t exercise enough, they still don’t put effort into changing that. This makes us wonder – why? Many people suffer from illnesses linked to lack of physical activity, while the benefit of exercising is obvious – it contributes both to physical and mental wellbeing. So, can our fitness goals say something about us? And what about your fitness goals?
We can make a simple comparison. For example, if we see a man who is dedicated to staying fit, builds muscle and focuses on quality nutrition, we can say he is persistent, responsible, and loyal to his long-term goals. On the other hand, there are people who can barely make it to the gym, and when they do – they sit around distracted by their phones. They would like to keep their body healthy and fit, but are lazy and lack willpower.
Can we link motivation and willpower, necessary for achieving fitness goals, to certain types of personality? If the fact is that people know they should exercise, but they don’t, we may conclude that some personality types are not that concerned about physical fitness as opposed to others who actually do work out.
Social Component & Identity
The social component is intrinsic to exercising and affects our participation greatly. Working out in the gym puts us in a group setting, team sports require a team, and even jogging in the street puts us on display. However, it can be prohibitive to introverted personality types. Exercising can be stressful for them because they don’t show much interest in fine-tuning an external display. Extroverts, on the other hand, prefer to leave their private chambers for more social environments. It doesn’t take much for them to get up, grab their bodybuilding apparel or jogging shoes, and step out to exercise. They are the ones who update their gym memberships religiously, and never miss a session.
As for identity traits, we can perceive personality types as Turbulent and Assertive. Those with a Turbulent trait are less likely to be satisfied with the amount of exercise they perform, unlike Assertive ones. However, the personalities of the first ones might drive them to an extreme, to fixate on working out to the detriment of other aspects of their lives. The latter take a more accepting stance about their physical condition, which could lead to complacency and eliminate a defined self-intent that should aid them to stay consistent and accomplish their fitness goals.
What Does This Say About You?
People who seek constant improvement are less satisfied with the amount of workout they get and agree with it. They have perfectionistic tendencies and believe that they are underachievers. The extroverted types may also experience a lack of satisfaction, but they are more comfortable because of the social engagement, unlike introverts. Those who pay little attention to popular activities and devise a pursuit reliant on their own efforts are confident individualism types. People most attracted to social forms of exercise are people mastery types, who are most confident with their efforts to work out. However, they could very well overestimate how much they really do it because of their self-confident nature.
How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise?
Make a plan and stick to it. Having a plan is what sets apart those who stick to it and those who make a New Year’s resolution to exercise and quit two months later. Sticking to your plan will help you achieve your fitness goals in a timely manner, whether it’s simply moving around during our lunch break or hitting the gym every day.
Exercise with a purpose. Working out just to say you did won’t do much for your long-term motivation. If you don’t have a purpose for exercising, sticking to your workout plan and the program will become difficult. Many people work out to lose weight, but why focus only on one benefit? Think about it, working out will help you increase agility, improve your health and overall fitness level. When it comes to long-term fitness motivation, these are all tangible reasons that will motivate you to stick to your fitness plans.
As you see, your fitness goals, the amount of attention you pay them, how you achieve them and whether you manage to achieve them or not can say something about your personality. Working out can bring positive changes to your life, and by realizing how your brain functions and all the traps it sets, you can overcome them and start working your way towards your fitness goals.
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training and has spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for a better life. He is an all-around fitness adviser and his words are strong as an Australian Bull.