People Who Hate Working Out Are More Brainy

(Photo: Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Photo: Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Tell us something we don’t know — if the mere thought of going out jogging makes you feel a little sick, you’re probably more brainy than average.

A new study published in the Sage Journal of Health Psychology observed 60 students; half of them scored high on a need for “cognitive endeavors” (that is, they enjoy activities that require thought), while the others scored low on that scale.

The group wore activity trackers for a week.

During the weekend, the two groups logged roughly equal amounts of activity. But over the course of the week, the trackers found that the high-cognitive scorers were significantly less active.

It’s important to remember that a study of 60 people is a pretty small sample.

The findings concluded that people tend to be less physically active if they have higher levels of a trait called “need for cognition” or  “a tendency to engage in and enjoy effortful cognitive endeavors.”

In other words, the researchers found that big thinkers tend to be less active.

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