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Does exercise sometimes feel like a chore? According to new research from our UK team, it might be the workout you’re doing doesn’t suit your personality type.
There are two personality types: introvert and extrovert. An introvert is someone who needs alone time to recharge after being in a group of people, and according to YouGov Profiles¹, almost two-thirds (60%) of people consider themselves an introvert. An extrovert, on the other hand, gains energy by being in a group of people, with more extroverts believing it is important to be physically active (32%).
Tom Jenane, Nutrition & Fitness Expert at Natures Health Box, says:
“For introverted individuals, I strongly recommend giving HIIT workouts a try. These are great for burning calories in a minimal amount of time, plus you do the exercises solo. If you don’t fancy attending a class, there are plenty of YouTube videos you can follow at home, just make sure you choose the appropriate level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), so you can progress and meet your goals.”
If you're working out from home, Tom also recommends focusing on different areas of your body, and switching up the HIIT session you follow, so it stays fresh.
Yoga and Pilates
Interestingly, 81% of introverts say they often feel worn out after exercise. So, why not try a yoga or Pilates class? The classes are not as vigorous as other forms of exercise, yet they still improve strength and flexibility. While there are other people in the class, you have your own mat, which you can place in a space you feel most comfortable.
Luke Hughes, CEO of Origym, explains: “Most yoga and Pilates classes are very welcoming and relaxed in nature, so individuals should have no trouble fitting in and feeling comfortable.”
“Although barre is a great class to express yourself and be vocal if you wish, it is also a space well suited to someone who prefers to channel their energy inwards or have little interaction. We work on ourselves in barre and despite the good energy in class, it can also feel like you’re the only one in the room. Classes are often smaller in capacity than other exercise classes too and much of the of instruction can be based at the barre, which might appeal to someone who prefers their own space or a more intimate environment. The famous burn from barre comes from repetitions of ballet-inspired movements and isometric strength training, so whatever happens, you’ll be sure to challenge your body!”
According to YouGov, 51% of extroverts say they seek out challenging situations.
Bootcamp requires teamwork and offers a variety of exercises that change every session. Tom Jenane, says:
“Extroverted individuals can bounce off others to push each other and ensure they both get optimal results. For this reason, bootcamp workouts are brilliant, as you can ensure you’re all pushing each other to your maximum limit and minimising breaks. With the added pressure of working out with others, this means you are less likely to back out early, until the session has completely finished.”
“If you're looking for a group exercise that isn’t gym-based, a dance class is a great option to consider. Dance class attendees feed off the high-energy environment that is created when they all come together, which only makes them push harder and most importantly; enjoy themselves!”
Over half of extroverts claim they’re not afraid of taking risks, and seeking out challenging situations. Therefore, extroverts are more likely to try new exercise classes, even if they’ve never tried it before. For this reason, they’re the perfect candidate for new exercise concepts such as aerial yoga and pole fitness.
Commenting on the research, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, says:
“While people have different fitness levels, it’s also important to remember that people have different personality traits too, and these can impact the way we work out. If you’re struggling with motivation, or you're simply just not enjoying your workouts, then it’s important to understand whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert to determine what type of fitness plan/class will work best for you.
It’s important to stay fit and active, but it’s also equally as important to enjoy yourself whilst working out too!”
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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