Physically active lifestyles and well-being

Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Ekkekakis, Panteleimon (2012) Physically active lifestyles and well-being. In: The science of well-being. Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 141-168. ISBN 978-0-19-856752-3


In this chapter, the benefits of a physically active lifestyle are linked to positive mental health. Through behavioural epidemiology, evidence that physical activity can contribute to positive well-being and prevent disease is examined, along with the 'feel-good factor' or the psychological benefits that people derive from being physically active. The results of recent studies on the underlying mechanisms of the beneficial effects of physical activity are discussed, complemented by an examination of factors affecting a person's inclination towards a physically active or a sedentary lifestyle. The health benefits of habitual and sporadic physical activity are also contrasted. A section provides examples of successful interventions at the individual or societal level. The remainder of the chapter discusses potential future developments and challenges in the study of physical activity and its benefits which may help in the development of more effective interventions to improve the life and health of many people.

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Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 05:16
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavioural epidemiology; benefits; beel-good factor; interventions; physical activity; well-being
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
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