What is an introvert in sport

What Sport Are You?

Life is a sport. It’s about setting yourself on a path, conquering your fears, and winning the race.
Many people turn to sports for an outlet, hobby or the thrill of competition, but on another, perhaps subliminal level, your personality has a bearing on what kind of sport you like to play—and your personality traits and tendencies transcend into the way you work.

In sports, according to TeachPE, passionate and aggressive behavior plays a huge role in the way we conduct ourselves in the workplace. Although we know through learned experience not to behave adversely—or non-PC—in work or in life, your actions dictate who you are. TeachPE breaks down the sport you choose and the personalities that go along with it by classifying you as an introvert or extrovert. Determine which one of these you are—you might be surprised!

Extroverts display high drive and motivation, possess the ability to control the movement of large muscles, have low concentration, and enjoy stimulating team sports.

In the case of the 1998 cult classic, “The Big Lebowski,” a man ruins the wrong Dude’s rug. John Goodman’s character refers to this as “unchecked aggression.” This is also known as indirect aggression, which occurs when you take out your feelings on an object. If this sounds like you, then you favor playing golf, tennis and racquetball. Just imagine taking out your aggression on a ball you hit at a whopping 90 MPH.

The more dangerous aggression lies in direct aggression. Back to the “Big Lebowski,” direct aggression occurs when the thug shoves the Dude’s head in and out of the toilet, demanding money. This is seen in sports like rugby, boxing, basketball and football, where you make direct contact with another person. If uncontrolled, the consequences can have an adverse effect on your team and your career.

On the flipside, an introvert is quiet and thoughtful. What first comes to mind are the kids in the high school cafeteria who kept to themselves and probably didn’t run for student president or try out for cheerleader. Of course, that’s OK—and even today, many young CPAs may think of themselves as introverts. If so, then you are more inclined to play a sport that requires precision and concentration, such as golf and archery. You also probably favor weight-lifting, cardio machines and even yoga.

Introverts have the ability to solve situations, such as playing a ball out of the rough at the right height and distance, or even contorting their body in a downward dog or inversion position. Generally, introverts rely on self-motivation and stick to individual sports.

Personalities in the Workplace
There are lots of different kinds of professional and personal workplace studies to refer to if you are interested in learning more about this topic. In this case, recognizing who the introverts and extroverts are in the workplace will help you not only learn how to work with others, but also how to anticipate what an outcome might be to any scenario.

Of course, no one is going to intentionally label someone as one or the other, but if you can figure out who’s who, it’s easier to predict an outcome. Consider these situations:

  • Extroverts work well in teams and are thought leaders for your firm or business.
  • Extroverts could be very skilled in sales, especially cross selling. 
  • Introverts listen to their leader, making thoughtful, informed decisions that will better the workplace.
  • Introverts could be good at consulting by tackling a particular client or customer problem, and providing practical, workable solutions.

Then there are those who are a combination of extrovert and introvert. When executed properly through controlled aggression, and willing participation and cooperation, these people can achieve great things for your practice or company. And keep in mind, just because someone says they are one or the other does not mean there isn’t any crossover to the other.

Take a step back and realize what kind of sport you are, and start applying your personality to the workplace. Understanding what you have to offer and what value you can add to your personal brand, and your firm or business, is a giant step in the right direction.

Are you more inclined to be an extrovert or introvert? Why? Send us an email at [email protected] and tell us! We’ll run your responses, confidentially, in a future article.

Introverts vs sports: what are the best sports for introverts?

As an introvert, you may need to spend some alone time. But what about that moment when you actually want to be around people?

I always considered sports as a great way to have fun, spend time outdoors, get rid of stress and meet new people. Yes. Meeting new people is actually something I like. Perhaps I’m not the best person to be around at first as I suck at small talk. I hate it. Most introverts do.

As an introvert… guess what you can do sports too! According to TeachPE, the sport of choice may depend on personality type. There are exceptions, of course! Introverts are usually attracted to sports, which need:

  • Concentration,
  • Precision,
  • Self-motivation,
  • Intricate skills,
  • Low arousal levels,
  • Individual performances.

So, what does the Internet suggest we could do about it?

The top 5 suggested sports for introverts are:

   1. Running

Running, or actually, distance running is perfect for those who like to think. You can completely lose yourself in your thoughts, the rhythm of your steps and clear your head. When you’re in a race the competition is against the exertion and other runners. It’s simple as that. You compete with the person in front of you, then the next… All you need is a pair of running shoes!

It doesn’t work for everyone. I hate running. There’s no clear goal for me. Competing against myself is not good enough. Whenever I tried running, I’d find a bunch of excuses. Some of my introverted friends find it just as pointless. When they have to chase a Frisbee – the whole perspective changes.

2. Cycling

It’s a great alternative to public transport. It can take you anywhere and it’s a great workout for your lungs and legs. If you’re looking for a thrill you could check out the off-road competitions. If you’re not into racing you can just enjoy a simple bike ride.

3. Fencing

This sport has roots in the duels in Europe. You can choose three types of weapons in fencing:  the foil, the epée, and the saber. The sport is often called “physical chess”. If you decide to do this better prepare yourself for some serious cardio! The sport relies on speed, precision and good weapon handling. You need to be a bit of strategist: you need to wait for your opponent to leave themselves vulnerable to attack.

4. Swimming

Swimming is a great sport for a cardio workout. It strengthens the entire body. There can be swim teams, but when it comes to racing it’s you vs other swimmers. It’s a great endurance sport and who
doesn’t like to swim, right?

5. Rowing

It’s the team sports, but it lets the participants get themselves lost in a team effort. With a clear goal to beat the other team in the boat race on the quiet waters. It’s the sport that involves working towards the same goal as a finely tuned machine.

Most of these sports don’t involve playing in teams. They focus on being an individual working towards your own goals. But, guess what. You can be the most introverted introvert on the planet, but you can go out there and join a team sport! Yes. There will be people. And yes. You will have to talk to them sooner or later, but if you join the right people, trust me on that… you won’t be able to leave. It’s a promise of good memories and time spent a bit different.

Why do I consider Ultimate a sport for introverts? 

That’s perhaps because I’ve met quite a lot of introverts on my team. At first, I didn’t talk with anyone. What did I do? Observed, made awkward jokes, small talk, focused on learning the mechanics of the sport. I also didn’t want to sound like an 80-year-old while running. You know it’s bad when the beginning of the warm up makes you forget how to breathe. Turns out you can be skinny, but when you start exercising your body begs you to go back to the safety of your comfy couch! HeyAssassin’s Creed won’t complete itself, right? 

Ultimate Frisbee bec

ame this safe haven for me. I didn’t have time to make research about it or see if it is a sport for me. In the past, I played volleyball, football and a bit of hockey. I was always a defensive player, who sometimes would burst into action. I had my own goals and that was what mattered. With Ultimate, a friend almost dragged me to a training. At first, I stayed only because I had a goal: start working out. Individual sports didn’t motivate me to do regular training. I couldn’t do it alone. I needed a trigger. My team motivated me. I didn’t want to be the worst. So, with my own goals and a bit of curiosity…I gave it a try!

Ultimate is the kind of activity that needs some of those strategic and observant skills. Even though it’s fast paced and dynamic you can focus on just catching and passing the disc to others. The advantage of some introverts is their poker face. Your opponents will watch your reactions. It gives you a great advantage making you a bit unpredictable.

The greatest advantage of this sport is that people make you feel welcome. You’re treated like a part of the team, not an outsider. Many people first hear about this sport when they enter college. Many people who start their journey with Ultimate haven’t played anything before. Some played other sports. That’s why there are varying levels of competitiveness. You don’t have to worry as more experienced players will help you out right away.

You might like a bit of competition, the dynamism of the games and strategy. Just because it involves people it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. There’re so many athletes who are introverts. It doesn’t matter if there are people around you watching the game. You can tune it all out and focus on the game. The only things that matter are you, the disc, your goal, your teammates.

How about you? Do you think it matters that you’re an introvert or an extrovert when it comes to sports?

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Introverts and sport - Community of introverts! — LiveJournal

Citizens are introverts! And now I will raise such a topic - we discussed it, but not in detail: how do we play sports? And are there significant differences between extra- and introverts in this area?
Let's go point by point.

1) Select sport.
I really don't like team sports - all sorts of volleyballs, footballs and other "group sex". But martial arts - yes, this is it, mine: one on one, you make decisions only yourself, you rely only on yourself, pain, failures, understanding what and how to do - only yours, and not blurred by the crowd of "teammates" ". An earlier discussion showed that introverts prefer single (running, walking, diving, swimming, barbell, yoga, cycling) or "pair" sports (martial arts, figure skating, dancing, chess), and team or frankly dislike , or dealt with them so . .. casually. So all the same, apparently, "extra-" and "introverted" preferences exist.

2) Public training. That is, the ability and desire to engage in visible activities.
It is clear that martial arts training cannot be done in one face, and your successes and failures are visible, at least to the coach, and if you are especially suspicious, you will think that the whole group is staring at you. In principle, this feeling is successfully suppressed by the mind.
But the question is: how comfortable are we to practice in the presence of other people?
To be honest, not really for me. I have long been accustomed to the martial arts hall, let's say, and even learned not to remember how old I am, working with people 1.5 times younger than me :) - in general, I no longer complex about this. But I can’t even imagine if I can ever go to the hall with pieces of iron.
Here Efim Shifrin posted a wonderful video with himself in the hall on his blog. So there is not only that the shooting is going on and other citizens are walking around - there is also a coach hanging over the soul and grazing every movement (yes, I know that this is how it should be - but it would bother me :)). And if the sport is difficult, if you are doing an exercise on the verge of strength - at this moment I have one desire: to close myself so that no one sees me. And then the coach hangs out next to you, looks in plain text at your panting ... Brrr. In general, I prefer to finish additional loads at home or in street conditions - without partners and an audience around.
But I have a friend - she is an extrovert. For her, going to the hall with pieces of iron is like going out into the world. It’s cool for her that they look at her, she even likes it, she feels herself in the company and it doesn’t matter if she does well or not, for her the hall is a necessary dose of someone else’s attention. It's attention.

3) From paragraph 2 follows the question of the ability to exercise independently at home , where there is no coach, no audience. I have a feeling that it is easier for introverts than for extroverts to choose the right training system and give all the best to them without external stimulants and kicks. Introverts do not need external approval - they themselves are able to objectively evaluate their efforts, results and force themselves to move on with increasing loads. Are extroverts capable of similar actions - in conditions where there is no outside attention, approval, support?

4) Publicity of the competition. That is, the ability to no longer train, but to pass, to compete with a large crowd of people.
I always have hellish jitters at competitions and submissions. I don’t like public attention to my person at all - and the need to go out to the public is of course annoying. But then again - it’s necessary, it’s necessary, of course I’m going out. And only then, while working with a partner, I catch my buzz, because in the process I don’t care about the entire audience of the world.
But there are people who get high from a public demonstration of their beauty... Not from actions, but from the publicity of the process! I think this is more typical of extroverts.

5) Question of sports motivation. Who is more motivated/charged to go in for sports - an introvert or an extrovert?
It is clear that we are all very different, the reasons for playing sports are also different for everyone ... But under equal conditions, for example, extra 10 kg have grown, but there is no time / money for classes - who will be the first to solve the issue of lack of funds and hours and start do sports (whether at home or in the gym): introvert or extrovert? And who will last longer at the first difficulties?
On the one hand, an extrovert makes decisions faster and doesn't give a damn about all sorts of nuances, such as the publicity of visits to the gym. On the other hand, the decision of an introvert is usually more deeply thought out and "suffered", so to speak. Therefore, you can expect an extrovert to start exercising faster, but at the same time there is a higher risk that he will quit classes. And the introvert will swing longer, but then he will hammer to the end. M?

How are you? What else can you say about sports? :)

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Sports for extroverts and introverts

Sports, as well as any active physical activity, are extremely important in the life of a modern person, regardless of his occupation. But do not forget that all people are different: comfort for one may have the opposite effect for another. The level of stress during training partly depends on the type of personality of a person: he is an extrovert or an introvert. What kind of sports to do, having certain inclinations of character? We deal with the teachers of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of the Kazan Cooperative Institute.

Each personality type has its own characteristics, which implies some nuances for creating comfortable sports. In this matter, comfort is an important element on the way to regular physical activity.

“These two concepts in the sports field are not entirely acceptable. In sports there is a leader, a captain and other roles. People who do them can be either extroverts or introverts. It cannot be said that one type of activity is suitable for one and contraindicated for others, but there are still certain features of the choice, ”says Nikolay Bobyrev, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, teacher at the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of the KCI.

For introverts, those sports that require awareness and full involvement in the process are more suitable. This includes yoga, running, stretching. These activities help to immerse yourself, which is characteristic of closed personalities. As for team sports, here introverts can also show themselves. In practice, leaders and captains of an introverted character warehouse are often encountered. The reason for this is their restraint and endurance, which instill confidence in the team.

For extroverts, active and team sports are more suitable, such as football, basketball and volleyball. You can also highlight crossfit, cycling, functional training, various dance styles and other activities. The listed activities require involvement in the group and focus on external factors that occur during training. This also includes spectacular sports competitions, such as rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating, where there is a direct “communication” between the spectator and the athlete. An open personality type can also give preference to running, having achieved good results in it.

There are also related classes that will suit both extroverts and introverts. These are martial arts - boxing, kickboxing, karate. They combine both communication with an opponent and a high level of concentration.

When choosing the right type of training for yourself, do not forget that pure extroverts and introverts are quite rare. Usually a person combines the features of both types, depending on the current circumstances and atmosphere, so it is impossible to clearly determine what will suit one or another individual.

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