Fit People Are More Likely to Vote

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 23, 2012

Mind-Body-Spirit News

One way to boost voter enthusiasm in November could be to get more people exercising. In the 2008 presidential election, 64% of eligible citizens voted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Fifteen percent of registered voters who did not actually vote reported that they were ill or disabled or had a family emergency.

Researchers responsible for the SGMA 2012 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report found a direct correlation between people’s intention to vote and their activity level. People who were active, defined as participating at least once per calendar year in one of the 119 sports tracked in the study, were more likely to declare an intention to vote than those who were not active. In the active group, approximately 78% of those who participated in fitness sports reported that they were very likely to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at