According to Mary Sheppard, director of Fitness Wales, realizing that one needs to burn fat is no pain, but getting into the exercise habit and sticking to it is the real challenge. Figures give that half of those who make a commitment to get fit, will have quit that decision within six months. This is similar to a new diet, says Sheppard. We try something for a few days with real enthusiasm. Yet, without instant results, the drive peters out, she adds.
Now, new research has arrived to save the quitters. It lays the blame on one’s personality type for not following through a decision. Your personality type may not be suited to the exercise plan you are on, it suggests.
The research goes on to say that one’s personality determines the form of exercise appealing enough to make the person stick on. This could be determined by factors such as whether one likes a set routine, takes risks, which social settings are crucial , etc.
Dr Joy Bringer, sports psychologist with the Sports Council for Wales has dissected the original research, published by the Physician and Sports Medicine Journal, and put across different personality profiles. These look at six main areas – sociability, spontaneity, motivation, aggression, competition, mental focus and risk seeking.
Bringer adds that though the fitness personality profile will give a fair idea about suitable activities, there is still the need to consider factors like lifestyle, location and commitments.
Says Sheppard: “You, and you alone, will truly know what is right, and, as with all exercise plans, in the end it is only you and you alone who can make it happen.” She encourages would-be fitness freaks to “go ahead and ask yourself what personality profile are you?” This is mainly because “ if you are looking forward to your exercise session, you are far more likely to keep at it” she vouches.