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Active Lives data shows physical activity link to mental wellbeing

Active Lives Adult SurveyThe report looks at the relationship between engagement in sport and physical activity and the Government’s Sporting Future strategy outcomes of mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development. The findings reveal taking part and volunteering in sport and physical activity, when analysed separately are positively linked with mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development.

People who were more active had higher outcome scores compared to those who are inactive. The same pattern was observed for volunteers vs non-volunteers.

The highest values for outcome measures are seen in people who both take part and volunteer in sport and physical activity.

Key findings
  • Physical activity has a positive effect on all outcome measures - more activity is better.
  • Volunteering also has a positive effect on all outcome measures, notably in social and community development.
  • People who take part and volunteer have even higher scores across all outcome measures.
  • Sports club members are 35% more likely to achieve very high life satisfaction than those who are not members of a club.
  • Being active through any type of sport and physical activity means adults are 57% more likely to experience higher levels of perceived self-efficacy.
  • People who volunteer are 29% more likely to report social trust than those who don’t volunteer.

The report was compiled by The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, using data from the Active Lives Adult Survey from May 2016 to May 2017.

Download Active Lives Adult Survey: Mental wellbeing, individual and community development analysis


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Published
20.12.2017