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Your personality can reveal how often do you exercise
Your personality can reveal how often do you exercise

New York, Sep 20 (TIWN) If you have not been able to meet your gym goals despite persistant efforts to wake up early or hitting that running session on a hot summer afternoon, blame it on your personality.

According to researchers from University of Oregon, some people seem to be able to more consistently meet their goals than others, but it remained unclear if personality traits encourage individuals to achieve long-term goals in their day-to-day lives.  Conscientiousness has long been tied with healthy behaviours.  Narrowing their focus to "planfulness" -- lead researcher Rita M. Ludwig and colleagues Sanjay Srivastava and Elliot T. Berkman, they zeroed in on psychological processes -- such as mental flexibility, and a person's ability to make short-term sacrifices in pursuit of future success that contribute directly to achieving long-term goals. 

"There indeed appears to be a certain way of thinking about goals that correlates with long-term progress," said Ludwig.  "What's new in this study is that we used an objective measure of goal progress that could be recorded as participants naturally went about their lives: their check-ins at a local gym".  The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that self-reported levels of the trait called 'planfulness' may translate into real world differences in behaviour.  The team analyzed gym attendance of 282 participants over a 20-week period.  The participants, many of whom were students, provided a written description of their exercise plans and completed measures of self-control and grit.

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