What Your Workout Choices Say About You
Molly Mann | DivineCaroline
March 28, 2011
What you wear says a lot about you, as does where you buy your groceries (yuppie Whole Foods shopper or Waldbaum’s bargain hunter?), how you commute to work (conscientious cycler or SUV gas guzzler?), and even what you order for lunch (disciplined salad muncher or zest-for-life pasta fiend?). It’s the little things that draw the biggest pictures of our personality. So it should come as no surprise that our individual fitness routines tell the stories of our lives, too.
What does your workout project about your personality? Suzanne Brue, author of The 8 Colors of Fitness, is the first to create a system of evaluating exercise regimens based on the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. She’s classified people’s workouts into eight color-coded categories that correspond to their general personality traits. Are you a safety-conscious blue or a fun and flexible silver? Read on to find out.
Personality Is a Four-Letter Word
The Myers-Brigg assessment determines your four-letter personality profile by classifying your behavior patterns in four distinct areas. Are you an introvert (I) who draws on inner resources for motivation, or are you an extrovert (E) who draws her energy from the world around her? Do you process information through intuition (N) and gut feelings, or do you rely instead on sensing (S) and seeking out hard facts and data? Are you a thinker (T) with detached and analytical reasoning habits, or a feeler (F) who makes emotional decisions? Finally, do you tend to judge (J) people and situations, finding comfort in definite answers and closure, or do you prefer to fully perceive (P) the world around you, keeping your options open before drawing any conclusions?
There are sixteen possible permutations of these traits, which Brue has combined so that they reflect the following eight fitness types.
Blue: Safety-Conscious (ISTJ, ISFJ)
Blues correspond to the MBTI personalities of ISTJ and ISFJ. They are straightforward and conscientious, especially when it comes to safety. Blues are the people who stick to the same gym machines, usually sporting a heart monitor or pedometer. They’re also introverts who will create their own space by reading books or magazines on the treadmill or elliptical trainer. Blues prefer repetitive, rhythmic exercises that allow them to track their progress easily. Rowing, running, walking, yoga, and weight training all appeal to this personality type.