Swimmers make the best lovers, study reveals

A new survey by the British Heart Foundation reveals what our favourite sport says about us

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Swimmers make the best lovers, according to a new study Photo: emilstefanov/Flickr

Cyclists are more likely to be emotionally stable, runners the most extrovert, swimmers the happiest and walkers the least materialistic.

That’s according to a new study by the British Heart Foundation at least.

The psychological research, conducted by Mindlab, surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK and has uncovered that the type of sport we choose reveals a lot about our personality traits.

Our choice of sport can reveal how charitable we are, the type of newspapers we are most likely to read and suggest how we might vote in the next general election.

The survey also revealed that over half (61 per cent) of UK adults wanted to take on a challenge for charity, whatever their ‘sports personality’ type.

The ‘sports personalities’

Cyclists
Vote Liberal
Laid back and calm
Least likely to be depressed or suffer stress
Materialistic

Runners
Vote Labour
Extroverts
Love being the centre of attention
Listen to lively upbeat music

Swimmers
Make the best lovers
Charitable
Happiest
Tidy

Walkers (Trekkers)
Like their own company
Charitable
Don’t like drawing attention to themselves
Least materialistic

Gym
Extraverted and highly emotionally stable
One of the happiest groups
More likely than other groups to read the Sun
Most likely to vote Conservative

Yoga
Very agreeable and conscientious
One of the least materialistic groups
Most likely out of all groups to vote for the Green party

“It has long been known that exercise is not only good for your body, but also your mind,” said Dr David Lewis, Neuropsychologist and founder of Mindlab. “Past research has shown that exercising can act as a mood-enhancer, can be used to treat and possibly even prevent anxiety and generally has a positive effect on mental health.

“The results from this study show that no matter what kind of person you are, there is the right kind of exercise for everyone.”

The results also highlighted the sport of choice for different cities across the UK revealing that cycling comes top of the sports in Birmingham and London. Running wins the race in Leeds and Newcastle.

Swimming is the sport of choice in Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester and trekking comes top in Bristol, Glasgow, Norwich and Nottingham.

To see a copy of the BHF’s latest events calendar and to sign up for a challenge visit www.bhf.org.uk/events

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