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Quiz: What's your exercise personality?

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“; q2[1] = “Flipping on your walkman and forgetting about work”; q2[2] = “Getting the adrenaline flowing so you can conquer the playing field”; q2[3] = “Greeting your workout friends or staff and chatting while you begin”; q2[4] = “Reminding yourself why exercise is important and convincing yourself to get to the gym”; q3[0] = “Your favourite weekend activity is:

“; q3[1] = “Hiking on forest trails with a friend or spouse”; q3[2] = “Hosting a dinner party with friends”; q3[3] = “Competing in a slow-pitch or fastball tournament”; q3[4] = “Relaxing at home with your family”; q4[0] = “You join a spinning class. You are most likely to:

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“; q5[1] = “Okay, I’m refreshed. Now it’s time to catch up on my household chores”; q5[2] = “This is living. I should retire early and live off the fat of the land”; q5[3] = “I wonder if I should take the boat across the lake and invite the neighbors over for a bonfire?”; q5[4] = “I should really do this more often”; q6[0] = “What is the primary reason you exercise?

“; q6[1] = “For the adrenaline rush”; q6[2] = “To relieve stress”; q6[3] = “To maintain your figure and/or prevent health problems later in life”; q6[4] = “To meet people”; q7[0] = “You need to pick up some spinach from the grocery store about one kilometer from your house. You decide to:

“; q7[1] = “Toss on your sneakers—what a great excuse for a run!”; q7[2] = “Call a friend to meet you at the coffee shop beside the grocery store”; q7[3] = “Hop in the car and grab a small bag of food for the next few days”; q7[4] = “Take a leisurely stroll, buy the spinach and a sweet treat”; q8[0] = “What is the primary reason you avoid or skip exercise?

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Competitive spirit

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You love the thrill of the chase, the delight of scoring and the glory of winning the game. Once you get into a routine, motivation isn’t usually a problem because you always finish what you start and love to see results. Your ideal workout enables you to test your skills head-to-head with others.

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Tip: Join a house-league team or club where you can sign-up for group or partner sports. Martial arts or boxing-style courses are another great way to get fit and still compete. To get weight-training into your regime, try using a personal trainer or workout partner of an equal or superior fitness level to provide that extra push.

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Competitive as you may be, some days you are also a social sportswoman.

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Social sportswoman

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You are happiest when engaged in social interaction. Rather than tuning-out the world with a walkman, you enjoy chatting up the people around you while you get fit. Greeting familiar faces is motivation to come back sooner rather than later.

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Tip: Don’t get lost in the shuffle of a large gym environment unless you can make friends signing up for individual classes. Try sports that allow you to flex your social muscles like golf, or tennis; or find a gym with aerobic, strength- and circuit-training classes small enough that you will feel a sense of camaraderie. Partner-up with a workout buddy for extra motivation.

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Sometimes when you’re in good company, you unleash your competitive spirit.

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Escape artist

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You lead a busy, sometimes hectic life, so when it comes to free time, you want to get away from it all. You workout for all the health benefits, but your desire to exercise is closely tied to your need to de-stress. The environment in which you workout is very important to you-you don’t want to feel rushed, crowded or pushed to work harder than your mood allows.

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Tip: Try getting involved in a solo sports program, such as bicycling, running, walking, swimming, canoeing or snowshoeing. Get outside for your workouts as frequently as possible-even better, try to combine outdoor excursions with mind-focusing exercises like yoga, tai chi, or pilates.

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While you enjoy beating stress with your workouts, some days you would rather escape to the comforts of your home.

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Reluctant participant

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Whether it’s your busy schedule, love of relaxing at home, or apprehensions about the gym, you find it difficult to get into a steady exercise routine. You understand that the benefits of exercise are important enough to make it a priority, but when other things come up, your exercise ambitions often get tossed by the wayside.

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Try these tips to turn your inhibition into ambition:
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· Pencil it in Take a look at your schedule and write down all the opportunities you have to get active. If possible, try to find a consistent time slot. If that means you will have to get up when everyone else in your house is sleeping, try it for a couple weeks and see if your body can handle the shift. Or if your lunch break is the only free time you have all day, start by planning your lunchtime workouts ahead of time so that you can be sure to put the hour to good use.

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· Do what you love If you don’t enjoy time spent sweating on the treadmill, it’s time to find something new. If you have already invested money in a course or gym that you no longer wish to use, try pleading with the manager. If they won’t give you a refund, vow to find a new activity that’s free or relatively cheap. It’s better to get into a regular walking routine than to sporadically attend the high-intensity boxercise class you dread.

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· Set your goals Determine what you would like to accomplish with your exercise routine. If increasing the frequency is your main goal, set your schedule, tell your family and associates that you are booking the time off for yourself, and promise yourself that exercise will be a high-ranking priority. To improve the quality of your workout, track your progress with our Printable fitness log. If you want to feel better about your body, set a realistic goal for yourself and keep your eyes on the prize!

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When you’re in your fitness groove, you escape the stress of the day.

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Quiz: What’s your exercise personality?

Whether you’re in the groove of a fitness routine or struggling to get started, there are aspects of your personality that make some activities more appealing than others. The best way to stick to a fitness regime is to figure out what your personal habits say about you. Take our quiz to find your perfect workout.

What’s your exercise personality?

Question 1  of 10

You are enjoying a wonderful picnic with friends in the park. After lunch you:

Initiate an intense, full-contact game of capture the flag
Play Frisbee
Read a book under a tree
Laze around in the sun