Researchers Put Their Finger On Why Some People Are More Motivated To Exercise

If you find yourself lacking in motivation to hit the gym, attend a fitness class or go for a run, you may want to take a moment to check your fingers...

According to an American study, there is direct correlation between digit length and voluntary exercise. The evidence suggests that the desire to exercise and excel in sports is fixed very early on in life and is related to exposure to prenatal stress hormone levels.

The greater the difference in length of the ring and index finger (with the ring finger being the longer of the two), the more likely you are to possess greater athletic motivation. Having a ring finger longer than your index finger has also been linked to earning a higher salary, being more aggressive and having a lower risk of developing heart disease.


Yan et al, Behavioural Trait Changes Digit Ratio, PLoS ONE, 2008, 3(9): e3216.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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