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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!”
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!