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
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