This Scary-Accurate Test Can Tell You the Best Workout for Your Personality



Welcome to our 2018 Wellness Guide, a series of stories we're running this January to help you own your health and happiness this year—all curated with the knowledge that wellness is never one-size-fits-all. Check back all month for expert-led guides on tackling your goals, from choosing the best workout for your personality to staying mindful even when your schedule is absolutely insane.

Most fitness experts will agree that if you're hoping to motivate yourself to work out, the first thing to do is to find a workout you actually enjoy doing. And since we all have different personalities, that might mean tuning out some of the buzziest fitness trends in favor of something you think you'll honestly want to stick with. (It's really okay if HIIT is not your thing.)

But while trial and error is generally a valid approach, there are shortcuts to finding out which kind of workout best suits your temperament. Believe it or not, scientists have been studying the intersection of fitness and personality for decades—and experts often refer to a 2004 study as the ultimate roadmap to finding your ideal plan.

According to the study, in order to identify your "fitness personality," you need to consider seven key elements and how they pertain to you—things like sociability, competitiveness, and focus. For example, do you thrive in a group setting or consider working out your "me" time? Do you love the feeling of breaking a sweat, or are you more motivated by the mere prospect of toned abs after a few weeks of hard work?

The researchers from the study believe that once you identify where you fall under each key element, you can find a fitness plan that suits your personality—especially if you're new to working out. "Individuals who do not exercise regularly are likely to experience additional challenges or obstacles when they engage in activities that require them to behave differently from their customary patterns or styles," the authors of the study explain. In other words, we're creatures of habit—and we're that much more likely to stick with something that fits in with our existing routine and personality traits.

So which workout suits you best? Read up on the seven traits below and let your answers reveal your personalized fitness routine.