Here's How Your Personality Affects Your Workouts

Are you extroverted? Congrats! You probably like hitting the gym.

Having trouble getting to the gym? According to a new UK study, you might have your personality to blame.

This week, John Hackston, Chartered Psychologist and Head of Thought Leadership at OPP, presented some key findings on the link between personality and exercise at the British Psychological Society's annual conference of the Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

"We were keen to investigate how organizations could help their staff's development through exercise, finding that matching an individual's personality type to a particular type of exercise can increase both the effectiveness and the person's enjoyment of it," Hackston said in a press release.

To determine this correlation, the study surveyed 800 people across a wide range of businesses, and made the following conclusions (all of which are quite logical). And for some more exercise news, check out how Swearing Boosts Your Workouts.  

People who are more extroverted prefer working on at the gym

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Makes sense, since extroverted types will enjoy the socializing and natural sense of competition that comes from working out in a group.

Creative types are better suited to outdoor activities

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People who like working with new ideas got a lot more enjoyment out of running or cycling than a structured gym routine, which makes sense given that artists are all about exploring the world around them instead of following rules.

People who gravitate towards logic prefer a structured gym routine

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Conversely, those whose minds are geared toward logic, math, and rules enjoy a regimented exercise plan more than those who view feelings and values as being more important. And if you're looking for a great workout booster, check out The Secret Fitness Tool the Star Wars Cast Swears By. 

There's no one-size-fits-all for exercise

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"The most important piece of advice to come out of this research is that there is not one type of exercise that is suited to everyone," Hackston said. "There can be pressure to follow the crowd to the gym or sign up to the latest exercise fad, but it would be much more effective for them to match their personality type to an exercise plan that is more likely to last the test of time. Organizations can help their staff to improve their fitness using this research, with increased fitness potentially leading to lower illness-related absences and increased employee satisfaction."

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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