Active Lives Data shows physical activity link to mental wellbeing
A new report using data from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey explores the relationship between engaging in physical activity or volunteering and mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development.
Taking part in physical activity and volunteering in sport are positively linked with mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development. Higher levels of engagement in these activities was linked with better outcomes for both participation in physical activity and volunteering.
The highest scores on the outcome measures were found in people who participated in both physical activity and volunteering.
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.