“Fitness Personality Colors”

Wow, I’ve been really blog-happy the last few days, but since I’m in a bit of a rut with my story (that I plan to have five more pages done of… by tomorrow morning…), I thought I’d just do a quick post to share something I found. About EXERCISE.

So I get email updates from Care2, which is this site that might be the most hippie one that’s ever existed. Even more so than Grist and the Sierra Club (which I also get email updates from… ONE DAY SOON I’ll do an ‘environmental’ post…)

One of the headlines in a newsletter I opened was “What is Your Fitness Color?” I was like “Oooo Fitness! Colors!” So I clicked it.

Usually the articles on Care2 veer towards common sense advice, motivational articles, ‘be good and true to yourself and the planet,’ etc., but this was one article that I found a bit more interesting. Mostly because I’m curious about personality-type tests.

Anyway the article gives you one of eight colors based on your four-letter personality type (example EFTP – if you want more information or want to find your ‘type’ you can go here or search for Myers-Briggs as that’s just a random one – I think most people have seen this in school or the web already though). Then based on that color, it tells you what types of exercise habits (consistently? spontaneously?) and types (with others? alone? focused? with music?) you would be ‘happiest’ with. There was a page for each color, so the entire article is 10 pages.

I fall in the Saffron color range, and according to the article that means I am motivated by ‘music’ and ‘play’ and like doing exercise spontaneously. It recommended that I find exercise places near home AND work, so I can go when I’m ‘in the mood’ (ahem… that is just SPOT ON me for doing ANYTHING), and that I take classes with music like group cycling, yoga, and dancing.

So what do I think of the article, and its usefulness and practicality??

I think that it is a very beneficial starting point for someone who’s just getting into the habit of exercise, but is afraid of feeling ‘bored’ or unhappy with what they are doing. Running on treadmills isn’t the only option. I also think it might open up your eyes if you’re already exercising, but don’t realize why you were more motivated doing some activities than others, or maybe can’t choose, or maybe even want to switch up your routine – self-awareness is always good. Almost all exercise-focused magazines today focus on how to get those perfect abs, or race a half marathon, burn the most calories in 15 minutes, or lose ten pounds – I don’t think I’ve actually seen an article that takes people’s exercise preferences or personalities into account. Some people get fit doing pilates and no running, some people backpack all the time, and some do a combination of activities. It’s not like there’s one perfect routine for everyone. Even all the busy corporate workers with no time. What about the ones that can’t stand the gym, or can’t work out consistently alone?

Anyway. This article is also only just that – a starting point. It’s not the end-all be all, and it’s not complete advice. “Saffrons” like me find purpose in life by putting some discipline into it, which means making ourselves work out X days a week even if we don’t initially ‘feel like it.’ And running (…with my headphones) as well as weight-training and sometimes elliptical have helped me and become my favorite forms of regular exercise. We all have weaknesses, and I wanted to work on my accountability by working out, and being THE person that makes sure I work out, not only doing classes (I do some pilates too! =D) – and running has helped me do that. Maybe I also like it because I think of Slumdog Millionaire when the kids sprint like CHEETAHS away from everyone and I’m like “I want to be like THEM!”… so running makes me feel adventurous… and playful? At least that part of the article applies?

Bottom line: Check out the article and find your fitness color, but don’t restrict yourself to the activities they suggest for your color! Think about what motivates you to run and use that to help you achieve your own goals!

And in general, personality tests should be taken with a few grains of salt, but they are still FUN and thought (or debate) provoking! =)

Workout-playlist-worthy music video time! Never enough FLOW!

Day 31 in DC

Whoa it’s been a month???

Anyway this’ll be a short post, as I got out of work at 6:30 and have had an average of 5 hours of sleep per night and realized that sleep, yes, is a crucial thing. Lack of sleep => more disjointed/rambly blog posts => steps that lead to burnout in all things => the end of the WORLD (there is a slight possibility that that last one is an exaggeration)

So why was I at work from 8 AM to 6:30 PM?

I got to do WATER QUALITY TESTING!

With this thing!

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Day 19 in DC

Subway cars that are 100 degrees inside, only .2 degrees cooler than outside!

Having my phone die in the middle of a phone call in the middle of Whole Foods in the middle of Silver Springs-theater and bookstore and restaurants but where’s a payphone-ville and parents calling campus security on me!

Ahem…

Triathlon orientation!!! Where they said having a rest day is VERY important… so today’s “exercise” was that orientation (no workout involved, but took like an hour to get there) – so basically a rest day, after ten days of working out 45-up to 90 minutes a day! And 2 hours+ that first day outside!

After reading through the minimum requirements for each type of training, I took the training program for the half-ironman! Because who needs sprint and olympic races when they’re apparently qualified to train for something longer if they can run 5-6 miles and not get “sore”? (…maybe the crazy people that have never done them?)

Anyway it’s time to get my freestyle on. Gotta improve my time on the 500 meter swim from, er, 12 minutes. At least last time I checked (last fall) I could swim it without stopping. Like a Magikarp. On a 500 meter indoor track. *splash* *splash* *splash* *splash*

Maybe I’ll go back to pika to get my bike? Would it be cheaper to bring it back and forth, or to rent one? Hmm…

Anyway I’m kind of tired and kind of a bad daughter and kind of didn’t eat dinner and it’s probably a little late for that and I’m supposed to be trying to be “healthy” so… .5 energy bar + bed + an especially incoherent blog post.

ON THE MENU for the rest of the week:

Something (about Green?) Politics
Book Reviews
World-Building (for fantasy)
…maybe your cool idea here?

Wait! Almost forgot!

Discovering that Jared Padalecki just joined Twitter!!!!!! =O

I know this is kinda old but, one person said they wanted to see more pictures on here so…

Looking forward to long “twitter conversations” between Jared and Misha, especially one calling the others’ followers “Maxi-Pads”… =DDDDD LOLOLOLLLLLL well I don’t know if I’m willing to don that name and follow JarPad… hmm…

(*cough cough SUPERNATURAL *cough cough)

(*cough shoutout to Sammy who showed me what it is *cough)

Video of the day: