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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%).
Take our quiz below to find out whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, and what the best workout is for your personality type!
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!”
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years.
Why is this?
While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer.
So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:
“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.
More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time.
Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.
Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.
With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better.
“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest.
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all.
I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.
One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.
So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury.