Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

Physical and keenly aware of the body

People with Kinesthetic intelligence learn through movement and experimentation. They enjoy sports and activities that require physical exertion and mastery. Some Kinesthetic people enjoy the artistic side of movement such as dance or any kind of creative movement. These artistic types enjoy acting and performing in front of an audience.

People with Kinesthetic intelligence enjoy building things and figuring out how things work. They like to use their hands and are very active. They have excellent motor skills and coordination. They are very physical and are keenly aware of their bodies. Bodily/Kinesthetic is one of several Multiple Intelligences.

“Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world.” — Zola Budd

Kinesthetic Characteristics

  • Learns by doing
  • Well-coordinated
  • Good with hands
  • Enjoys sports
  • Seeks excitement
  • Very active
  • Crafty
  • Energetic
  • Enjoys the outdoors
  • Athletic

Kinesthetic Careers

  • Actor/Actress
  • Athlete
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Worker
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Park Ranger
  • Mechanic
  • Paramedic/EMT
  • Personal Trainer

Also see the Kinesthetic Learning Style.