Fit For You: How to Find Your Exercise Routine

4 Dec ‘23
8 min
Niamh Pardi
Reviewed by lifestyle expert Aäron Spapens
Are you struggling to find the ideal exercise routine that fits your lifestyle and fitness goals? With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. When it comes to exercise, we’re all unique, with distinct personalities, lifestyles, fitness goals, and baselines. In this article, we will dive into these different categories and help you discover the ideal exercise plan to achieve a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.



Which Type of Exerciser Are You?  


If you struggle to find an exercise that suits your specific needs and lifestyle, you may benefit from discovering which type of exerciser you are. The three categories include the athlete, the social butterfly, and the soloist. Let’s explore each category below: 



🏋 The Athlete


Athletes are individuals who have a passion for sports and competition. They thrive on challenging their limits, pushing their bodies to the brink, and achieving their goals. Athletes often have a high level of fitness and endurance, and they are committed to their training regimens. They are competitive by nature and enjoy measuring their progress against others. Athletes often require a high-intensity exercise program that provides a challenging workout to improve their skills and abilities.


Which type of exercise is a good fit for ‘’the athlete?’’


Many athletes love to feel like part of a team. They want the camaraderie on the field as well as sometimes going out for a social even after practice. If this resonates with you, you may benefit from one (or more) of the following types of exercise: 


  • Triathlons: Athletes who thrive on competition and pushing their limits may find triathlons to be a fun yet equally challenging fit. These events combine swimming, cycling, and running, providing a challenging and competitive experience.


  • CrossFit: CrossFit workouts are high-intensity and focus on functional movements. Athletes looking for intense challenges, social connection, and measurable progress often gravitate toward CrossFit classes.


  • Competitive Sports: Engaging in competitive team sports such as soccer, basketball, or tennis can be ideal for athletes. It offers a chance to compete, improve skills, and enjoy the thrill of the game.



🦋 The Social Butterfly


Social butterflies are individuals who enjoy exercising with others. They find it more motivating to have a workout buddy or participate in group classes where they can interact with others. Social butterflies are often outgoing, talkative, and enjoy being around people. They are more likely to stick to their exercise routine if they have a supportive network of friends, peers, or family members who encourage them to keep going.


If you identify a ‘Social Butterfly,’ consider these exercise options that cater to your desire for social interaction:


  • Group Fitness Classes: Joining group fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, or yoga allows social butterflies to work out with others who share their enthusiasm. The group dynamic can be highly motivating and often encourages consistency. 


  • Run Clubs: Being part of a run club not only keeps you accountable but also fosters a sense of community. Runners often bond during group runs, and may also offer opportunities to socialise afterward. Simply Google ‘’run club near me’’ and you’ll likely find a whole range of options.


  • Team Sports: Team sports such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball require a high degree of team work, making them perfect for social butterflies. These activities not only provide physical challenges but also opportunities for socialising with teammates — both on and off the court. 


For social butterflies, the journey to better fitness is enhanced when shared with others who offer support, encouragement, and a fun atmosphere.



🚶🏾The Soloist


Soloists are individuals who prefer to exercise alone. They often enjoy the solitude and peace of mind that comes with exercising by themselves. Soloists often prefer to avoid crowded gyms or exercise classes. They are more likely to stick to their exercise routine if they can do it in the comfort of their own home or in a less crowded environment.


For the soloist, team dynamics may feel too complicated; they’d rather go at their own pace or compete against their own best records.


If you resonate with ‘The Soloist’ persona, here are exercise options that suit your preference for solitude, along with suggestions for adding a social element when desired:


  • Nature Walks and Hiking: Soloists can enjoy the tranquility of nature by taking leisurely walks in the park or going on challenging hikes. It’s a chance to connect with you while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. 


🌿 Also interesting: Learn more about getting outdoors in our article about The Healing Power of Nature


  • Home Workouts: For those who prefer privacy and convenience, home workouts offer a perfect solution. You can follow workout apps or online resources, such as YouTube, to follow guided exercise routines in the comfort of your own space.


  • Pairing Up for Motivation: Although soloists prefer to exercise alone, occasionally teaming up with a friend for a workout can provide motivation and accountability. It’s also a great way to maintain your independence while adding a social component when you feel like it. 


💡Remember: these exercise categories aren’t mutually exclusive—you can love working out on a team and also love to exercise solo, for example. Perhaps one surpasses the other just so ever in importance, or perhaps it depends on your mood or schedule on a particular day. Balance is key, so go with whatever feels right for you.


How Can I Decide What Type of Exercise Suits Me? 


Choosing the right type of exercise can be challenging, especially if you are not sure where to start. To help you decide which exercise is best suited to you, here are some science-based tips:


Consider your fitness goals


Before starting any exercise program, identify your fitness goals. Do you want to lose weight, build muscle, improve your endurance, or reduce stress? Knowing your goals will help you choose the right type of exercise that will help you achieve your objectives. 


Assess your fitness level


It’s important to assess your fitness level before starting any exercise program. This will help you determine what type of exercise is suitable for your current fitness level. For example, if you are a beginner, you might want to start with low-intensity exercises such as walking, yoga, or pilates. As you progress, you can gradually increase the intensity of your workout. 


🏃Want to test your fitness level? Try this free test. 


Experiment with various forms of exercise


Experimenting with various forms of exercise will help you to discover what you enjoy and what works for you. For example, if you have tried running but don’t enjoy it, you might want to try something else, such as swimming, cycling, or dancing. Research has shown that trying new activities can help increase adherence to exercise programs, leading to long-term health benefits. 


Listen to your body


Exercising is all about being in tune with your body, rather than punishing it. If you feel pain, stop and seek medical advice. Ignoring pain can lead to serious injuries and prevent you from achieving your fitness goals. Additionally, overtraining can lead to burnout, which can make it challenging to maintain a consistent exercise routine.


To avoid burnout, start with a realistic exercise program that is sustainable in the long-run. You can gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercise routine as your fitness level improves. Also consider varying your exercise routine to prevent boredom and challenge your body in different ways.


🗓️ See this free resource for building your exercise program.


Discovering the perfect exercise routine for your unique personality, preferences, and fitness goals can be a daunting task. But don’t let that discourage you from pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Remember to take care of and listen to your body: start with a realistic exercise goal, start small and build up gradually, keep your routine interesting, and avoid high levels of intense exercise to prevent burnout. With perseverance and dedication, you can smash your fitness goals and reap the endless benefits of regular exercise. 


At OpenUp we envision a world where mental well-being is accessible to all. To realise this, we believe in a 360-degree approach, including emotional, social, and physical well-being. 


Our blog is backed by extensive research from multiple medical sources, although not all are cited here. The OpenUp editorial team and lifestyle experts have conducted thorough research; please feel free to contact us for more information on the additional references.

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