16 June 2008

ISFP strikes again...

so during lunch i was reading about this new book that determines what kind of workout regimen people are likely to stick to based on their myer briggs personality type. as previously described, i'm an ISFP. the author assigns colors based on certain shared characteristics of two of the 16 types, resulting in 8 color schemes. my personality falls under GREEN. i don't think green happens to mean outdoors for the author as other colors also like outdoorsy pursuits. however, the description is funnily accurate because i do tend to like outdoors activities a lot when i get a chance to try them. i sucked at snowboarding, but loved trying it out and if had the means, i would be out there often. i am good at using oars in a canoe. who knew? and...as i've also described before, i like riding my bike to work or around town primarily b/c i kill two birds with one stone, as opposed to an exercise bike or spinning classes. if i belonged to a gym, i would take spinning classes to help me prepare for the lovely hills of northern california. now, with that in mind, please read some choice descriptions of GREEN personalities.

Greens are highly attuned to and observant of the physical world around them. Their profound attention to detail and their outstanding orienting skills influence all aspects of what they do and when they do it. Minimalists at heart, their demeanor is understated, quiet, and unobtrusive. In groups, Greens tend toward the background, preferring others to take the lead in social interactions.

um, yes. that is me. and i do rather excel in reading maps. let's continue.

With their reserved demeanor, they are quiet observers of the physical world. Nature is their nature. Their natural physicality inclines Greens to maintain a baseline of fitness, which they prefer to do outdoors or through activities of daily living, such as yard maintenance, parking a mile from their office, or using the stairs instead of elevators.

or...let's say...biking to work or for errands...

Incorporating a regimented training program into their lives is unlikely to happen without a specific purpose—such as getting in shape to fully enjoy a favorite outdoor activity, or achieving a prized goal, like being part of a climbing or backpacking expedition. In these cases Greens will use gyms and equipment to increase their stamina for an outdoor challenge that is important to them.

note my prior posts on doing yoga to supplement my biking...

Too much inside time is stressful for Greens. Getting outside gives them an opportunity to clear their minds and wrestle with the energizing and calming challenges of nature.

here i tend to disagree with the first sentence. i love being indoors and spending time with myself. however, i also love spending time outside (note prior posts on things i've loved as a kid: biking to a park to read), and i def agree with the 2nd sentence and have had that very discussion w/ the boo.

so i'm intrigued by this spoonful of analysis of my preferred workout habits, but i doubt i would buy the book. i may, however, ride to a local bookstore to sit and read the chapter about me... ;)

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