Personality and physical activity [chapter]

Kathryn Wilson, Ryan Rhodes
2021 Essentials of exercise and sport psychology: An open access textbook  
Physical activity levels vary from person to person. Some of this variability comes from demographic differences (gender, age), or environmental differences (access to resources), but much of it goes unexplained. In this chapter, we explore the evidence that personality may influence how active people are. We explore the nature of personality, the relationship it has with physical activity, and the possible reasons or mechanisms underlying those relationships. Personality has been linked to
more » ... ical activity behavior, as well as to social cognitions specific to physical activity like motivation, intention, and preferences. There is also evidence of shared genetic links between personality and physical activity. Personality has even been shown to predict the relationship between physical activity and common mental health outcomes, like symptoms of anxiety and depression. By the end of this chapter, readers should have a strong understanding of what personality is, how it relates to physical activity, and what are some of the causal mechanisms that might explain this relationship. The reader should also have a good understanding of how they might utilize these relationships in their efforts to help others adopt and maintain an active lifestyle.
doi:10.51224/b1006 fatcat:5gumpngpezcmbhgh4g3ubodf3y