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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!”
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.