How does your personality type determine what motivates you to work out?

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A study by Jacob Hirsh at the University of Toronto suggests that your mood – in addition to whether you’re introverted or extraverted – may be playing a major part in whether you make it to the gym. The study seeks to determine whether people of different personality types are more likely to seek immediate or delayed gratification, and whether their mood plays a role. This is relevant because keeping fit doesn’t always provide immediate gratification, especially for people who don’t enjoy the act of working out, but still want to see the benefits down the road.

According to the research, it turns out that “Extraverts thus appear particularly sensitive to impulsive, incentive-reward-driven behavior by temperament and by situational factors heightening positive affect.” In other words, extraverts are much more likely to want immediate gratification, especially if they’re in a good mood. Nexercise is one of the best ways to provide yourself with this kind of immediate gratification.

Why does this matter to you? If you want to keep your motivation up, it is important to encourage yourself in ways that fit your personality type and mood. In other words, if you are an introvert, it might be enough to know that if you run six miles every day for a year, you will be in strong cardiovascular health. If you are an extrovert, you might need to think about ways to provide yourself with immediate gratification and rewards. Using Nexercise, setting a series of goals and benchmarks, doing things you love doing, rewarding yourself with a movie or nice meal are just a few examples.

Find out what personality type you are. Researchers used the Big Five Inventory test to determine subjects’ personality types (you can Take the test here)

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