Whites are attracted to physical activity they can structure at their own pace. Exercise provides solitary time for reflection and visioning. Jarred by interruptions and chaos, Whites require orderly exercise environments that provide a necessary calm. Outdoor environments and familiar paths and activities are appealing. Advanced planning makes it happen!
Whites approach exercise as they do everything else, with planning and structure—that is, after sufficient reflection time. Reflection, in fact, is the hallmark of their personality. They don’t jump into anything headfirst, including fitness. Whites need time to do the research, check out facilities, and imagine scenarios—all preliminary elements undertaken to create a comprehensive plan. Whites are comfortable with the familiar; once they’ve made their plan to include regular physical activity in their routine, it becomes a cherished part of their life. It doesn’t slip out easily but is challenged when their routine is disrupted by travel, moving to another city, or other significant events.
Disciplined and independent, Whites are self-organized and attracted to physical exercise they can structure at their own pace. Much thought goes into each element of a White’s exercise program—and a program it is, complete with categories for cardio, strength, and flexibility – and even classifications such as social, light, moderate, and intense. As intuitive minds (more abstract and less concrete in their approach to the world) they readily see the mind/body/soul connection and will often include exercise that provides for that as a category. At times they may enjoy being accountable to a fitness trainer, as long as they’ve had a role in directing the activity.
While they might consult fitness literature or schedule some sessions with a trainer, they typically develop their own exercise program based on specific results they’ve established as important and achievable. Whites think ahead and loosely envision their weekly exercise program, mentally keeping tabs, identifying times in which each part will happen. Unlike other types who are energized by spontaneous activities, Whites don’t like to be swept up in someone else’s agenda. They tend to stick with their plan. Physical activity provides a refreshing respite, giving Whites an opportunity to get away from it all—from work, the phone, people, requests, and family responsibilities. It’s a time to de-stress, think about things, and be with their internal visions.
Whites seek comfort and familiarity in their exercise environments. Placing a high value on tranquil and calm environments, Whites are easily jarred by interruptions and chaos. Whites require orderly environments for exercise, which provide the necessary calm for them to relax and receive the mental benefits of exercise as well as the physical. At a large fitness center, Whites are likely to find an out-of-the-way spot to exercise, or they might join a small gym off the beaten path. Whites don’t mean to be rude, but they go to a gym to work out. Chit-chat and noise are distracting, and cell phones are a special irritant. Characteristically, Whites prefer keeping a low profile at the gym. They are turned off by “see and be seen” fitness centers. They typically don’t like to bump into people from work or other parts of their lives at the gym.
Advice for Whites
Whites enjoy solo time on familiar bike paths. Avoid traffic and the distractions or pressures of group rides. Let your ride be a calm, meditative experience.
The repetitive motion and predictable movements of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes allow your mind to wander and explore. Research and create a plan ahead of time, and choose orderly and uncrowded fitness centers.
Running is a natural fit for you, especially if you follow planned, familiar routes that offer minimal interruptions. Quiet, solitary runs in natural settings are best.
The calm, repetitive motion and the feeling of the water help your mind relax, encouraging thoughts to arise from your subconscious.
The precision, concentration, and practice of dance can be very appealing and absorbing for you.
Do your research and create a plan that will challenge you. You may appreciate circuit classes that break things down into components; choose quiet, familiar environments and trusted instructors so you feel comfortable. Once you have a plan, stick to it and work in a quiet, familiar environment that will allow you to get into a flow.
This ancient moving meditation fits well with your desire for peacefulness and intention. Look for small classes in calm and/or outdoor settings. Search for an instructor you respect.
Walking and Hiking
Familiar and tranquil routes will hold the most appeal for you. Embrace the solitude of nature on solo hikes, allowing yourself to take a break from the everyday world and let your active mind wander free.
The mind-body connection will appeal to you, especially the deep learning and practice of yoga. Classes allow for some companionship without too much socializing, or you can practice in the peaceful solitude of your home.
- You like to organize into categories. Plan for cardio, stretching, and strength training.
- Accept unfinished workouts as better than no workouts; commit to just 10 minutes and pick up where you left off next time.
- Familiarize yourself with the fitness facility or environment before you actually go for a workout.
- Choose activities that are repetitive, providing refreshing and creative time alone.
- Choose activities that you can make routine and fit into the rhythm of your life.