I thought today I would take some time to describe my workout style and why it works for me. I’d also love hear about your workout style and what motivates you to stick to it!
My workout style is…
1.) Goal oriented.
I am an incredibly goal oriented individual. Like beyond normal. I always like to have lots of goals personally, professionally, fitness-related, mini goals, lifetime goals, daily goals, monthly goals. I have them all! It’s a little ridiculous! Whether having a goal of running a marathon or a goal of working out 5 days a week, setting a goal helps me KNOW and ACHIEVE what I want. When I don’t have a goal or just do things “for fun” I generally have more fun sitting on the couch! ha! Even a simple goal like I did this morning “My goal is to run for one minute and walk for two minutes for two miles or 30 minutes” helps me set the tone and visualize my success.
Although I occasionally work out it groups (like doing my long run training with the Kalamazoo Area Runners) but I prefer to work out by myself. I just like having my alone time. I am a true introvert and definitely need to recharge alone. I don’t even like it when someone is at the gym working out at the same time as I do even if we’re not together. Ha! I just really like my personal space. I’d also rather run by myself than play a team game like soccer or volleyball. My husband is totally the opposite—he’s down for football, basketball, soccer, volleyball any social, fun activity, but would never go running on his own. There’s nothing wrong with either style, it’s just a personal preference.
3.) Relaxing or Rhythmic
I say relaxing because I’m not sure what other word to use. I like exercise that incorporates a routine and doesn’t leave me constantly scrambling. I guess partly I want to turn my brain off. So run 5 miles. Do yoga. Or high speed running 30 seconds, moderate 60 seconds, repeat for 20 minutes. Chest press 12 reps, then pushups, 12 reps, then lunges 12 reps, or whatever. I’m not a fan of activities where I can’t easily fall into a rhythm. Partly because working out is my “me time” and a time I use to process things so I don’t like to be constantly switching equipment or not know what’s coming at me next.
So that’s me! It’s great to know your workout style, but be aware that a style can easily become a rut. By playing a game of tennis doubles or running with a friend I can shake up my routine and make sure my body doesn’t get too accustomed to my style.
How would you sum up your workout style? Do you relate to my style? Or are you totally different?