Personality & Exercise
Have you ever considered that maybe your personality affects your physical activity? Well it does. My Exercise & Health Psychology class touched on this topic last week and it has resonated with me now for days.
You have probably all been posed with the question, “What personality type are you, A or B?” Whether you are the competitive, fast-talking, ambitious type A, the relaxed, creative, quality of over quantity type B, or maybe a little bit of both, your relationship with physical activity probably reflects that.
I’ll share with you that while I possess traits from A, on the personality spectrum I reside strongly on the Type B side. The behavior pattern of a Type B personality in regards to exercise is one that enjoys the process. They are reflective, creative, persistent regardless of achievement, and less competitive than Type A personalities. Being devoted to exercise, I can agree that of those described traits I am strongly motivated by the process and will persist regardless if my goals are met or not. An unmet goal will only push me harder to reach it the next go around.
The behavior patterns of Type A personalities in relation to exercise take a more intense role. These patterns often produce anger, hostility, perfectionism, competitiveness, and achievement striving individuals. These individuals are more goal driven and go-go-go 100% of the time.
When we compare these two personality types and their effects on exercise, we can look at a number of factors. For example, the risk of cardiovascular disease is greater for those possessing a Type A personality than those with Type B. Additionally; Type A personalities will typically output more effort and intensity into their exercise and activities when compared to Type B but the adherence rates to those activities are lower than the rates of Type B.
This insight does not deem one personality type to be better than the other, but rather points out where are strengths and weaknesses lie on the continuum. It can not only provide us with some helpful information in analyzing our physical activity and exercise status, but our mere existence as individuals and the driving factors that get us moving!
What side does your personality weigh down on?
Recognize it — learn from it — and use its strengths in all forms of your life!