Does gender moderate the exercising personality? An examination of continuous and stage-based exercise

M. R. Lochbaum, R. E. Rhodes, S. J. Stevenson, J. Surles, T. Stevens, C. K.J. Wang

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For nearly 60 years, researchers have examined the relationship between personality traits and exercise participation. Rhodes and Smith (2006), using meta-analytic procedures reported that extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism were significantly related to exercise participation (Personality correlates of physical activity: A review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40, 958-965). Gender as a moderator of the personality and exercise relationship remained inconclusive. In addition, researchers have suggested that the stage approach may lend greater insight as to the importance of personality. The investigator's primary purpose was to determine whether gender moderated the personality and exercise relationship. The secondary purpose was to determine the importance of personality within a stage approach. Participants were 827 females and 657 males college-aged students who completed measures of the "big five" personality traits and two exercise measures. The results indicated that gender was not a moderator and that the stage approach offers insight as hypothesized differences resulted in personality between intentional exercisers and non-exercising individuals as well as within exercising individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-60
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Exercise and personality
  • Five-factor model of personality
  • Personality and stages of change


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