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Cyclists are Materialistic and are Least Likely to be Depressed According to New Research

New survey from the BHF reveals what our favourite sport says about us.

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 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF)¹.

The new research celebrates the launch of the BHF’s 2015 events series, which offers all ‘sporting personalities’ an event to suit them. The series includes over 70 events across the UK and overseas ranging from runs, swims, cycle rides to treks.

Results reveal that cyclists vote Liberal and are materialistic. They’re also laid back, calm and are the least likely to be depressed or suffer from stress. In comparison, runners vote Labour and are extroverts who love being the centre of attention. Swimmers also appear to make the best lovers.

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.

The 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. 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%) of UK adults wanted to take on a challenge for charity, whatever their ‘sports personality’ type.

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