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Objective: This report summarizes the first study (to the best of our knowledge) of the association between emotional intelligence (EI) and physical activity (PA) levels in a sample of generally healthy adults. Methods: An online snowball sample of 110 generally healthy adults took part in this study and filled out measures of EI, PA, and background variables. Results: Analysis of structural equating modeling supported a path of positive association between EI and PA ranging from .20 to .28, controlling for background variables associated with PA. Of these, only education showed significant associations with PA. Conclusions: EI may play a role in individuals’ PA patterns. Potential underlying mechanisms and directions for future research are suggested.

Zysberg is with the Gordon College of Education, Graduate School, Haifa, Israel. Hemmel is with the Dept of Psychology, Tel Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel.

Zysberg (leehuzysberg@yahoo.com; leehu@gordon.ac.il) is corresponding author.
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