Discovering your fitness preferences and attitudes

Choosing the right fitness activities is a key to a successful fitness program. Answering these questions can help.

  • Do you prefer being active by yourself or with others?
  • Do you enjoy being outdoors when possible, or do you prefer the security, reliability, and consistency of an indoor fitness setting?
  • Do you prefer activities that involve some contact (racquetball, soccer, basketball) or no contact?
  • Do you prefer competition with others, with yourself, or no competition at all?
  • Do you prefer activities that also involve some mental challenge or strategy, or do you prefer not to have to think or concentrate while being active?
  • Does your body function best in the morning, midday, or evening?
  • With your current schedule, which part of the day will work best for fitting in physical activity?
  • How much money are you willing to spend on gear or other expenses related to an activity?
  • Are you interested in taking classes or getting instruction to learn a new activity?
  • Do you prefer "everyday" activities such as gardening to more structured activities?
  • Are you willing to go to an exercise facility, such as a gym, or do you prefer exercise you do at home?
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Last Revised August 19, 2012

Last Revised: August 19, 2012

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