What's Your Exercise Personality?
Find the right moves -- for you -- that'll give you the motivation to exercise.
Exercise Personality No. 3: You Like Your Activity to Be Intense
You're someone who likes to know it after you've exercised. You like to push yourself. Feel the burn. Get satisfaction from a few sore muscles or a bit of healthy competition.
Exercise Match: Sign up for a competition -- like a 5K walk or race -- right off the bat. Set weekly goals and then use a pedometer or a mobile app that tracks your walks or runs so you can chart your progress.
Just be careful to keep it real and gradual. "If you take on too much, you're more likely to fail or injure yourself," Alderman says. Ask a friend, a family member, or a coach or professional trainer if she thinks your goals are realistic.
Your Best Motivation to Exercise: Add a bit of a dare to your exercise to really ramp up your motivation. Try scaling a climbing wall or riding at a skateboard park. If you like water, try canoeing or kayaking. Remember to always have the right safety gear and to have an expert helping you out.
"Just be sure to do it in a supervised setting," says George Graham, a physical education consultant and the founder PECentral.org. Not only will you be safer and keep your parents happy -- you'll build more skills too.
Exercise Personality No. 4: You Feel Totally Uncoordinated
You might be a whiz at academics and learn new subjects easily. But when it comes to moving your body, you may not give yourself the chance to practice before you expect to be a star.
Exercise Match: Try a nontraditional sport that seems more like a game: ping-pong, croquet, badminton, Frisbee -- anything that gets you up and moving. And preferably something that encourages laughter too.
Check out classes at your community center or a local gym for ideas. Write down activities you want to try.
If you're just looking for a way to move, put on music and dance. It doesn't matter if you're uncoordinated; it only matters that you're moving and having fun.
Your Best Motivation to Exercise: If you have access to a gym, try weight lifting. On day one, a certified trainer or someone who is qualified can show you how to use a machine for weight training -- and typically these machines don't require a lot of coordination.
"Weight training gives you improved body composition, more strength, and probably an improved sense of well-being," says Steven Stovitz, MD, the team physician for the University of Minnesota athletic department.
Or you may find a more social activity motivating. In that case, start or join a club -- say, a Frisbee club at school. You'll learn to take the focus off yourself and just enjoy the experience of the game.