Know which physical exercise best suits your way of being – Health

Physical activity increases our quality of life, improves our mood and helps prevent various health problems associated with sedentary lifestyle and increasing age, But how can we choose the most suitable training to practice in the gym? How do we know what type of exercise best suits our personality?

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Choosing the sports activity that meets our needs is not a secondary matter, but a fundamental decision to be able to achieve our health and well-being goals and not abandon physical practice before time, warn from the European gym chain Basic-Fit (BF) (

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Are you an introvert or extrovert, calm or dynamic person? Are you under a lot of stress or do you need to activate? Are you motivated by strong emotions or just having fun? Tell me what you’re like and I’ll tell you what training you need!”, says César Simón, product manager for Basic-Fit Spain.

“Choosing a training habit, based on our needs and tastes once we have informed ourselves about all the available options, it is also choosing a way of being, because in a reciprocal way, practicing sports itself also has a positive influence on the personality of each one, providing enthusiasmvitality and spirit”, according to Simón.

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Starting from a model by sports psychology expert Lee-Ann Sharp, and adapting it to sport in gyms, BF describes four of the most popular practices and the personality profiles to which these activities are most suited.

For her part, Eloïse Cilia, fitness content specialist at Basic-Fit International, adds, at the request of EFE, practical advice to turn each practice into a strong habit.

playful practice

Extroverted people who are looking for the more playful and fun side of sport in the company of other people need to enjoy training. For example, moving to music and following dance routines like those in dance special, dance party or Latin dance classes, according to BF.

They can also practice other disciplines, such as booty (to strengthen the buttocks and legs) and aerobics
(to burn calories), which are developed listening to the most popular musical successes in order to motivate and stimulate the participants, they point out.

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Advice: “For many people, music is a great stimulant during training and allows them to enjoy it to the fullest. If you lack motivation, let your favorite music play in your headphones and you will see how it makes you want to train!” advises Eloïse Cilia.

lifestyle practice

Exercises that provide well-being, and that can be practiced at a moderate intensity level and easily incorporated into daily life, they tend to connect with people who are less competitive, more focused on general health and who seek physical and mental balance, according to BF.

In this category are classes in which breathing, balance, concentration and posture are given importance, such as yoga or pilates, which are also recommended for people with anxiety and stress, they point out.

Advice: Cilia recommends preparing a weekly training plan and applying it for a month, not worrying if one day is not met, but committing to make it up the next day. “Like nutrition, hygiene or work, sport must be part of our day to day,” emphasizes Daniel Galilea.

individual practice

For independent people who want to control their own performance and seek specific goals, exercise on machines such as the bench press, leg press and lat machine is recommended, in addition to cardiovascular exercise, such as the indoor cycle, the elliptical machine or the treadmill, according to BF.

They are all exercises that require motivation and encourage concentration on objectives, as well as perseverance, discipline and self-confidence, they explain.

Advice:In the gym, it is good to vary the routine as a challenge and set achievable goals in a specific time frame”, according to Cilia, who suggests always thinking about how good we will feel after training.

collective practice

For those who find motivation in those sports of high intensity in which they share interests and motivation with more participants, Training sessions that allow you to release stress and focus your attention are recommended.

Group classes such as abs & core (that is, to work on posture and abdominals), barbell (by muscle groups), bootcamp (interval training), body pump (strength and resistance), body attack ( resistance), indoor cycle (cardio) and XCore (abdominals and muscles in general).

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Advice: It is more fun and bearable to do sports in company, so it is a good idea to find a training partner to support each other. Having an ‘accomplice’ by your side helps you push your limits and go to the gym when you don’t feel like going out or are lazyCilia points out.

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