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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%).
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!”
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.