calories and be done with your exercise ritual for the day. The reasons for which you indulge in exercise regularly goes a long way into saying how fit you will be. Exercise is the basis of a healthy life and also for a stress-free living. Today, we have got various exercise forms, training approaches and techniques to make your exercise time interesting, monotonous-free and fruitful. Gone are the days where you can either choose to walk, jog, run or swim. Boot camps have become our favorite, swimming camps are spread everywhere, cross-fit sessions, Zumba dances, power yoga, HIIT and many more have made our lives fun-filled and cool. How do you choose your favorite and result-oriented exercise that best suits your body type?
A new study gives us a clear understanding on the basic things that help us to stay fit. It says that certain motivating factors and self-regulating behavior determine our level of fitness. The research team collected data from about 400 physically active individuals through an online survey done via social media platform. The questions in the survey were pinned down with an intention of getting a hold of the personality factors, motive for participation and self-control styles and also to find out whether these factors affected the individual’s work-out frequency.
From the survey we know that all the participants were highly fitness oriented but there were differences in outputs depending on their choice of exercises. Those individuals who chose CrossFit, group exercises or sports-based workouts were highly motivated by their social connectivity than those who focused mainly on aerobic exercises (such as running) and resistance training exercises. Above all, those participants who focused on resistance training exercises and sports were motivated by a sense of challenge (intrinsic reason) rather than the routine reasons such as weight management or a precaution against diseases (extrinsic reasons). The study clearly showed that underlying motivation and self-control affected frequency of exercise. It proved that those participants who quoted reasons such as enjoyment, challenge and stress management exercised more frequently and CrossFit participants had maximum intrinsic motivation to exercise. The study did not focus on how a participant’s personality affected his/her choice of exercises but simply showed that those who exercised were more meticulous and friendly comparatively. If you are curious to know which type of exercise suits your personality type, its better to visit www.firsteatright.com and get hold of your exercise type.
Never go with the herd. Just because others do it there is no requirement that you must also follow the same. There are quite a lot of individuals who choose a particular program despite the fact that the program doesn’t meet their style, personality, interest or reason for exercise. Apart from thinking about it only from a physical point of view there is a need to think about it from a motivational point. When we consider both, the frequency and duration of the physical activity might increase too. We are all well-aware of the need to exercise and the role of physical activity in decreasing the risk of various illnesses and ailments linked to the heart, brain, muscles, bones, immunity and more. Still, not even a quarter of the worldwide population meets the standard requirement of engaging in at least 150 minutes of medium-intensity workouts and two days of resistance training per week. So, as a result we are now living in a world where obesity and diabetes are epidemics, children born with defects are common and the quality of life of the individual has become a question mark.
Please ensure to choose an activity that complies with your personality and interest. It might be indoor floor exercise or a game of badminton. There is nothing wrong in sticking with your wishes, doing what best suits you and going with your goals in mind. These help you exercise more, reap better results and stay active rather than falling a prey to some diet fad or fitness trend that keeps popping up every once in a while.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.