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Weekend Reading: The 8 Colors of Fitness

You may be doing the wrong type of exercise, according to The 8 Colors of Fitness ($20.99). The author, Suzanne Brue, believes that your personality affects how you think and feel about exercise. So if you know your likes and dislikes, you'll be able to choose sports or types of workouts that are right for who you are. If you enjoy it and it jives with your personality, then you'll be more likely to stick with it.

In the book, you take a Myers-Briggs personality quiz to figure out which color of fitness you are. You can also take it online. It may help you realize that if you prefer alone time, then running in the woods might be better for you than a step aerobics class. On the other hand, if you're a people person, you may enjoy joining a soccer team instead of working out solo at a gym.

If you're curious to know what each color means, then


When it comes to fitness or being physical:

Reds are quick responders
Whites like to plan ahead and are visionary; they prefer calm spaces and don't like to be rushed
Greens are outdoorsy types and nature lovers
Golds are traditional and conservative
Saffrons are playful and value individual expression
Blues like to create their own safe space at a gym
Purples like routine
Silvers enjoy exercise that's disguised as fun or a way to meet others

This book gives great insight into why certain types of fitness are more appropriate for your personality. It's amazing no one has thought of this sooner, but it makes so much sense, doesn't it? If you're interested in learning more, you can order this book through Amazon.

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JanetG0307 JanetG0307 9 years
i took it and i got silver. i don't actually agree with that at all - i go to the gym for time that's just all about me. i definitely don't look to meet other people at the gym. and i LIKE to exercise!
ladybug41 ladybug41 9 years
I usually don't do these tests, but I did this one and it says I am a Silver, which sounds about right and it is not really news to me. I guess that if you would use it to find out how to motivate other people, it might be more useful...
erinlikestoplay erinlikestoplay 9 years
I am not so sure I agree with this. I am not at all a people person, but I much prefer a soccer game than a run in the woods. To me, team sports allow you to hide a bit if you want to, but I am also not a people person with strangers, but your team aren't strangers, so.... Anyway, interesting nonetheless.
fredonica fredonica 9 years
It said I am a "blue". I agree for the most part, but I see myself as a silver, too.
lizs lizs 9 years
I got saffron, which I guess is correct enough...I get the "orange" result on pretty much everything. Not sure if it helps me choose activities, but maybe that means I'm doing the right things already.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I took it and I got white, but I don't know if I would say I like to plan things, at least not much when it comes to that, but I do agree that I don't like being rushed or being in a chaotic space. Silver sounds like fun, well the first part. I don't really care about meeting people.
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 9 years
Well, I was curious, so I took the test anyway, and man was it wrong or what!! It said I'm a 'RED'. I do Ashtanga yoga 5 days a week. Nuff said.
hampton hampton 9 years
The book is really interesting... it goes beyond the obvious, choosing what you like...and the fun part, the quizzes... it's not just for the reader to identify their own patterns, it is meant to be an accessible tool for people who are trying to find ways to motivate other people to exercise, ie. a personal trainer, private fitness instructor, medical professionals who may be trying to assist someone in finding a routine for heart-healthy choices, or rehab for injury therapy, therapists who may be working to try to motivate a depressed patient to find a way to incorporate wellness therapy. For me, i know that spontaneous invitations to adrenalin laden sports with strangers ("hey -come with me to meet 10 of my friends and lets go wakeboarding in 1/2 hr") is probably not going to get me out the door...(but other types may jump, because they thrive on adrenalin and spontaneity) , but, give me a regular routine at a beautiful yoga studio with plenty of space and not have to do a lot of socializing before or after, and I'm in heaven.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It says I'm a "blue", but I think I'm more of a "purple". I like my routines, but I also like to have my own "safe zone" when I'm working out. I would think most people already work out based on their likes and dislikes, but this book could be good for people just getting started and are confused about where to start.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
you can't figure this out yourself?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
That particular sentence is self-evident, but for people who have trouble sticking to a routine or are just starting out, getting tips on what you may like better and what fits your other traits best would probably be really helpful.
Ster Ster 9 years
"your personality affects how you think and feel about exercise" Isn't this almost ... too self evident? Of course you'll stick longer with things you enjoy than things you hate, I hardly need to take a personality test to find that out.
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