Correlates of daily leisure-time physical activity in a community sample: Narrow personality traits and practical barriers

P. Gallagher, W.S. Yancy, J.J.A. Denissen, A. Kühnel, C.I. Voils

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Previous studies examining correlates of leisure time physical activity (LTPA) have identified personality factors that are correlated with LTPA and practical factors that impede LTPA. The purpose of the present study was to test how several narrow traits predict daily reports of LTPA and to test whether traits that predict LTPA moderate the effects of practical barriers.
1192 participants completed baseline measures of personality, then reported their LTPA and several situational and environmental factors daily for 25 days. We used generalized estimating equations to measure how personality traits, practical barriers, and interactions between these factors affected (1) the odds of engaging in LTPA and (2) the duration of daily LTPA.
Higher standing on Activity and Discipline and lower standing on Assertiveness predicted greater odds of engaging in LTPA and longer duration of LTPA, and higher standing on Aesthetics predicted shorter duration of LTPA. Poor weather conditions and less leisure time were associated with less LTPA, and effects of these barriers were generally greater among participants 30 and older. In participants older than 30, poor weather was associated with less LTPA among those with lower standing on Activity but was not associated with LTPA among those high in Activity. Despite Discipline’s overall positive association with LTPA, less leisure time and less routineness were greater barriers for those high in Discipline.
Assessing narrow personality traits could help target LTPA interventions to individual patients’ needs and could help identify important new personality dynamics that affect LTPA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1235
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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