Active Lives Data shows link between physical activity and mental wellbeing
A new report using data from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey looks at the link between physical activity or volunteering and mental wellbeing.
Taking part in physical activity and volunteering in sport are positively linked with mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development.
The report showed the following 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 done by The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, using data from the Active Lives Adult Survey from May 2016 to May 2017.