There are as many ways to be physically active as there are people in the world. Our choice to swim, dance, run, practice yoga, etc. is a reflection of who we are. It’s not a question of if we should bother being active. Instead, it’s what should we do that will keep up engaged and on track to our goals.
Considering land-based, athletic-style fitness, we are implementing incredibly functional, time-effective and results-oriented movements in our workouts these days. Just for fun, pick your favorite from this list of five movements. Then check below to see what this reveals about your exercise personality. Note: ‘Favorite’ might not mean you enjoy the exercise. Possibly it’s the one you dislike the most but do it anyway :)
A burpee is… basically, a home gym in a movement. In other words, it’s comprehensive – lower body power, upper body and core strength, plus cardiovascular conditioning all neatly packaged into four components: (1) Squat low; (2) hands on the ground and thrust feet back into a solid plank (optional push up); (3) jump feet in to a low squat; (4) then explode up to standing.
2. Mountain Climber
A mountain climber is… perhaps not the actual Everest but still offers a significant test of one’s abilities. Upper body and core muscles stabilize proper alignment at a very challenging angle to gravity. Running knees demand optimal heart and lung efficiency to deliver oxygen to working muscles.
3. One-Leg Deadlift
A one-leg deadlift is… tremendous balance and coordination. Spine, core, hip and ankle stabilizers work to keep you extended as your torso hinges down and up. When you train these muscles overtime standing on one foot, your daily regular two-foot stance is easy. This movement targets often neglected ‘extensor chain’ muscles on the back side of your body.
Jumping rope is… unbeatable cardiovascular conditioning that is surprisingly low impact. Other benefits include healthy bone density, boosted metabolism, and improved agility and coordination. Factor in the minimal cost and space requirements, it's an amazing exercise choice.
If Jumping Rope is your favorite exercise, see below for your exercise personality.
Results - What's your exercise personality?
- Burpee: Your exercise personality is… confident. You enjoy exploring the outer edges of your abilities and reaching for great heights.
- Mountain Climber: Your exercise personality is… determined. You meet challenges head-on and avoid taking any shortcuts.
- One-Leg Deadlift: Your exercise personality is… focused. You pay attention to detail, master one task at a time and savor the personal satisfaction when your goals are achieved.
- Full Sit-Up: Your exercise personality is… conscientious. You know a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so you focus on the often forgotten foundation upon which greatness is built.
- Jumping Rope: Your exercise personality is… energetic. You are highly motivated and a quick thinker. And because even the best rope jumper gets tangled occasionally, you don’t take yourself or life’s little goof-ups too seriously.