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The relation between physical activity and flourishing in everyday life

Beckervordersandforth, L. (2021) The relation between physical activity and flourishing in everyday life.

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Abstract:According to prior research, moderate to vigorous physical activity levels can promote emotional, social and psychological well-being and high levels of these concepts result in the highest level of mental well-being, namely, flourishing. This study examines different levels of physical activity in relation to emotional, social and psychological well-being and to flourishers versus non-flourishers. Therefore, a cross-sectional study was conducted which resulted in a sample of 153 German speakers. Significant correlations showed that physically active participants were also likely to have high emotional and social well-being but not psychological well-being. Moreover, respondents who flourished were also more likely to be physically active and especially to engage in vigorous levels of activity. These findings are only in part consistent with prior studies. Further research should therefore use a longitudinal design to focus not only on the relation but also on the causality between physical activity and flourishing. Additionally, different self-care behaviours might explain an increase in flourishing and physical activity and should therefore be considered in future studies. Lastly, age might have an effect on the relation between physical activity and flourishing and should therefore be further examined.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86467
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