Are you an introverted exerciser or an extroverted exerciser?

We all know what introverts and extroverts are like, right?

Extroverts are like:

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And introverts are like:

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And then there’s me who’s like:

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But does that affect the way we exercise? I think yes!

If you’re an introvert it means you get your strength and energy from alone time, while extroverts get their strength and energy from people time. And since strength and energy are a huge part of exercising, it only seems natural that one would have an affect on the other.

This is a 2-part psychology series, the first being the introverted list, while next week, it’s the extroverted list.

Get psyched, psych fans.

Top 8 Signs You’re an Introverted Exerciser

8. Your general theory on gyms is that they are for exercising your muscles, not your mouth.

7. If someone spots you awkwardly using a weight machine, and they take it upon themselves to give you friendly pointers, you take it upon yourself to call security.

6. Even though you attend exercise classes, the most interaction anyone has ever gotten out of you is an “oh sorry” after you accidentally hit them with your mat.

5. Any big organized group exercise activity for adults that has the general tagline of “Come join! Get fit! Make friends!” makes you sleepy.

4. Your ideal tennis partner is yourself.

3. When a group of your friends are getting together to do some form of exercise, you decline by claiming you “have other plans,” and then you secretly do a workout on your own.

2. When someone asks if you want to start running together you panic and tell them you just quit running.

1. Most people work out as a way to de-stress and bond with people after a day of work, while you work out as a way to de-stress after a day of being around people.

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Are you more introverted or extroverted?

Does it affect the way you work out?

So, it was really windy during my walk to work this morning. Don’t worry, my hair still looks great.

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As most of you know, I live in Boston (Go Sox!). And I love living in Boston (Go Pats!) for several reasons, one of them being that I don’t need a car. First of all, when I’m behind the wheel I’m a menace to the road and will freely admit that. Second of all, I LOVE walking everywhere. Walking is sort of my work-out-without-actually-working-out workout.

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For example, I walk to and from work every day (unless it’s apocolypting outside, which happened a few times this winter). It’s a mile each way, so even if I do absolutely nothing else that day, at least I have 2 miles under my belt. Plus the Whole Foods I go to is located a mile from my work and a mile from my home (literally forming a triangle between the three) so if I go there after work- bam- that’s 3 miles that day. I love it. I pop my ear buds in, whip on some shades, turn up the cool jams and I’m on my way.

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Confession: I have been known to start strutting when a song I like comes on, but INEVITABLY I will trip. I will trip over an uneven sidewalk, a curb, my own feet, whatever. Seriously. I can not strut to music without tripping. Is there a support group for this? Maybe I need to start lifting my knees higher or something.

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I’ll work on it.

The other great thing about Boston (Go Bruins!) is the wind factor. Whomever dubbed Chicago the windy city, obviously never visited Boston (Go Celtics!). Granted, it is not that favorable of a quality in the winter, nor on days like today when my hair looks like someone took a vacuum to the top of my head, but in the warmer months that breeze is divine.

Without it, after walking everywhere I would be a sweaty mess, especially when I’m doing that fast walk/jog thing that I do when I’m running late (or being followed by the Boston Common landscaping truck). And nobody likes to be a sweaty mess when they roll into the office.

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Anyhoozle, my point is: walking is good. If you don’t live in a location where walking as a means of transportation is logical, go for a walk around the block. People tend to overlook walks because our mentality seems to be, ‘well, if I’m not in the mood to run then I’m not going to do anything.’ However, a walk can be just as beneficial – and God knows more enjoyable- as a run for relieving stress, trimming down, giving your joints a break, lowering cholesterol/blood pressure and releasing all those happy endorphins we love so much.

I’m not advocating replacing jogging with walking. Not at all. In fact quite the opposite. Keep running, Forrest, keep running. I’m just saying, finding a way to work in a low impact workout is a great habit to get into.

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