Thursday December 12, 2019

How Often You Exercise Depends on Your Personality

If you have not been able to meet your gym goals despite persistant efforts to wake up early or hitting that running session or exercise, blame it on your personality

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Self-reported levels of the trait called 'planfulness' may translate into real world differences in behaviour. Pixabay

If you have not been able to meet your gym goals despite persistent efforts to wake up early or hitting that running session or exercise, 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”.

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The participants, many of whom were students, provided a written description of their exercise plans and completed measures of self-control and grit. Pixabay

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.

While all participants experienced a similar decline in gym attendance over the course of each semester, individuals who rated themselves high on “planfulness” items such as “developing a clear plan when I have a goal is important to me” went to the gym more throughout both semesters compared to those who ranked themselves lower on “planfulness”.

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“Planfulness” was only significantly associated with the frequency of participants’ gym attendance during the winter semester, possibly due to participants completing their physical activity plan later in the year, the researchers noted.

While there was a small, but significant relationship between participant planfulness and the level of detail in their physical activity plans, descriptiveness was unexpectedly found to have no relationship with gym attendance, Ludwig and colleagues noted.

“It seems logical that people who are successful with their goals would be able to write in detail about their planning process,” said Ludwig.

“We were surprised, then, to find no relationship between people’s goal pursuit behavior and how they wrote about their goals.” (IANS)

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Here are a Few Words of Advice by Fitness Industry Experts

Catch up on some fitness inspiration

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Get inspired by these fitness experts and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Lifetime Stock

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Being fitter is on almost everyones new years resolutions list, and with 2020 around the corner, it is a matter of time before you motivate yourself to get started.

Fitness is a commitment, requires discipline and in case you’ve fallen off the motivation wagon, here are a few words of advice from the best athletes in the country from three of India’s leading athletes and one fitness industry expert.

Meant for aspiring athletes, fitness aficionados and beginners alike, they push you to keep at your goal of fitness.

A positive mindset is necessary

O.P. Karhana, the star Indian shot putter says, “Physical and mental fitness play very important roles in our lives and I believe every person should work out at least thrice a week minimum. Every aspiring athlete or fitness enthusiast should change their workout routine every month. If you continue to follow the same workout schedule for 5-6 weeks, your body will adapt to it. You will end up burning less calories and build less muscle than before. My advice: Set your pace, then slow down and repeat. The key funda to stay fit is to keep your thought process positive. Feeding yourself with positive energy will help you reach your goals”.

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Consistency is the key to fitness. Lifetime Stock

Consistency is key

Annu Rani, Indian javelin star, says,” The hardest part about working out is working out consistently. Expecting too much, very soon only leads to frustration. Instead of focusing on results only, focus on consistency. Everyone has hard days when you are injured or drained or just not motivated still try and push yourself. Also, participating regularly in a strength training program can reduce the risk of sports-related injuries in young athletes”.

Be disciplined and push yourself

B. Sai Praneeth, World Badminton Champion and Indian badminton player says, “Fitness is an integral part of an individual’s life. Every aspiring athlete or fitness enthusiast has to adhere to a primary regime that demands a certain level of discipline and consistency. Budding athletes should start out slow and be focused towards their goal to achieve desired results. Training under right supervision with a professional trainer and at a trusted center plays a huge role in the progress. While there will be challenges and obstacles that may test you along the way, it is important to push yourself further and not let those let you down”

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‘Fit’ is not just a trend, but a lifestyle

Dhara Tanna, Senior Vice president of Fitternity, a fitness discovery and booking platform that is available as an app, says “Fitness is becoming increasingly popular and more people are looking to get healthy and fit. However, it is imperative to not just treat this as a passing trend but rather look at it as a focused mindset shift.” (IANS)