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The effectiveness of someone’s exercise regime may depend on their individual personality type, with more creative people better suited to outdoor activities.

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The study

"We were keen to investigate how organisations 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."John Hackston, Chartered Psychologist and Head of Thought Leadership at OPP, at the British Psychological Society's annual conference of the Division of Occupational Psychology in Stratford-upon-Avon.



Findings

Extraverted types prefer exercising at the gym.

Creatively minded individuals peferred outdoor activities.


Benefits

"Organisations 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"John Hackston.