What your favourite sport says about you

1 April 2015        

Two BHF cyclists waving

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

The research celebrates the launch of our 2015 event series which includes over 70 events across the UK and overseas ranging from runs, swims, cycle rides to treks.

The new psychological study, 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; how charitable we are, the type of newspapers we are most likely to read and suggests how we might vote in the next general election

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

The ‘sports personalities’


  • Vote Liberal Democrats
  • Laid back and Calm
  • Least likely to be depressed or suffer stress
  • Materialistic 


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


  • Make the best lovers
  • Charitable 
  • Happy
  • Tidy


  • Like their own company
  • Charitable
  • Don't like drawing attention to themselves
  • Least materialistic

Dr David Lewis, Neuropsychologist and founder of  Mindlab, explains; "It has long been known that exercise is not only good for your body, but also your mind. 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.

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Tristam Jones, Head of Events at the BHF, adds: “It’s great to see that so many people want to take on a challenge for charity and with over 70 events, in all areas across the UK and overseas we can cater for every sports personality and at every level, so sign up now and join the fight.” 

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