We’re coming up on National Women’s Health and Fitness Day! But unfortunately, we can’t celebrate together at a yoga class or at the gym. This year, our fitness routines look a little different and they’re a little more difficult to stick with.
For many of us, exercise routines were part of what kept us rooted and motivated throughout the week. For others, maybe you’re looking to use the extra time on your hands towards your fitness goals but aren’t sure where to start now that your options have been limited due to COVID-19. No matter the case, we’re going to share some recommendations on picking a covid-friendly exercise routine that works for you based on your personality type.
Personality Types 101
Adjusting to a new schedule can throw off your entire mood! Saying goodbye to spin classes and running groups can be harsh and you might be struggling with finding a substitute you can stick with. That’s why we decided to make recommendations based on your unique personality type to find a routine you’re more likely to pick up and stick with.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Theory is one of the most common tried and true personality tests. By answering a short series of behavioral questions, the Myers-Briggs test assigns you one of sixteen distinct personality types. Individual types are assigned based on how you view and react to the following four factors as described by the Myers & Briggs Foundation:
Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided, or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
At the end of the test, you are assigned one of 16 four-letter personality types. Knowing what personality type you fall under can help you to find an exercise routine that will last through the rest of quarantine and even after the restrictions have been lifted!
Don’t know your personality type? Take the Myers-Briggs Test here!
Covid-friendly Exercise Routine Suggestions based on Your Personality Type
Your personality type can be a great way to help you narrow down the hundreds of virtual women’s health classes and exercise routines out there. However, they’re not the only thing you need to consider when finding what’s right for you. Of course, you’ll first need to consider what your fitness goals are. Ask yourself: Do I have any injuries or health issues I don’t want to exacerbate? Am I ready to jump right in, or do I need a “trial” period? Try to keep an open mind as you find the best ways to get a little extra mobility during these strange times.
Structured Extroverts (ESTJ, ENTJ, ESFJ, ENFJ)
People with these personality types tend to be very goal-oriented. They also like to get out and socialize with others.
- A virtual fitness boot camp! Local fitness instructors are showing their resiliency by hosting live virtual classes with students from all over the world! Most boot camp style classes are very structured and goal-oriented, plus you get to meet other students and your instructor all while working out from home!
- Pick up a tennis racket! Tennis is a great no-contact sport that you can play with others while staying a court’s length away! Just set a date and make sure to bring your own racket and tennis equipment.
Structured Introverts (ISTJ, INTJ, ISFJ, INFJ)
Structured introverts enjoy setting their own personal PRs and stay motivated while on their own.
- Get some fresh air and start target practice with archery. Not only is it extremely satisfying to see your improvement with every shot, but archery also gets you out of the house and into nature to focus on yourself.
- Try a virtual cycling “class”. Virtual fitness classes and videos can work for you too! If you have a stationary bike at home, try watching a free pre-recorded cycling class, and don’t forget to sync your smartwatch! It can be so rewarding to see the miles biked and calories burned at the end of a workout!
Freedom-Loving Extroverts (ESTP, ENTP, ESFP, ENFP)
Freedom-loving extroverts are probably struggling right now to get the social interaction they need out of their fitness routines. Try these at-home workouts to get the variety you need out of your days!
- Go for a jog or walk in a new place. There’s nothing revolutionary about going for a jog, but it can do wonders for your heart and mental health. Try exploring a new area or part of town you haven’t seen before to feel more connected with the people around you.
- Hop in a kayak! Kayaking is a great way to get your blood pumping while experiencing new scenery. You can even meet a kayaking buddy to kayak alongside you while keeping their distance.
Freedom-Loving Introverts (ISTP, INTP, ISFP, INFP)
Tired of your same old routine? We get it. If you have one of these personality types, you’re probably looking to try something new that isn’t contained by the four walls of your house.
- One word: ClassPass. Pre-covid, ClassPass gave you access to hundreds of workout studios to try out what you like. Now, they’ve gone virtual. Explore hundreds of pre-recorded workouts you can do from home through their app to keep you on your toes.
- Go for a hike. Now, as the air starts to get a bit cooler and the leaves start to change, it’s a great time to explore new hiking trails. You can also try picking up hobbies like foraging, mushroom identification, or bird watching to keep your mind sharp and help you to stay in touch with your surroundings.
Quarantine has its ups and downs and it can be hard to stick to one set covid-friendly exercise routine. But don’t miss out on fall! There are so many great ways you can get moving and experience the best parts of the season while keeping your physical distance. Not feeling these suggestions? Check out this video on how Dr. Vonda Wright is getting out and staying fit for inspiration!