The relationship between physical inactivity and mental wellbeing: Findings from a gamification-based community-wide physical activity intervention
Harris, Marc Ashley
MetadataShow full item record
Mental ill health accounts for 13 per cent of total global disease burden with predictions that depression alone will be the leading cause of disease burden globally by 2030. Poor mental health is consistently associated with deprivation, low income, unemployment, poor education, poorer physical health and increased health-risk behaviour. A plethora of research has examined the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing; however, the influence of community-wide gamification-based physical activity interventions on mental wellbeing, to the authors’ knowledge, is yet to be explored. In view of this paucity of attention, the current study examined the relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing pre/post a community-wide, gamification-based intervention. The findings revealed that increases in mental wellbeing were significantly greater for the least active prior to the intervention, and a strong, positive correlation between increase in physical activity and increase in mental wellbeing was observed.
Health Psychology Open;
Harris, M.A. (2018) 'The relationship between physical inactivity and mental wellbeing: Findings from a gamification-based community-wide physical activity intervention', Health Psychology Open, (5)1, pp.1-8
This article was published in Health Psychology Open on 16 January 2018 (online), available open access at https://doi.org/10.1177/2055102917753853
- Sport Research Groups 
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Exploring the Perceived Barriers and Benefits of Physical Activity Among Wounded, Injured, and/or Sick Military Veterans Walker, Robert; Limbert, Caroline; Smith, Paul M. (Walden University, 2021-06-02)Wounded, injured, and/or sick (WIS) military veterans face significant physical and psychosocial challenges following discharge from service. Physical activity can have many positive effects on the holistic wellbeing of ...
Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Comparison of Music and Sport Students Through the Framework of Self Determination Theory Alessandria, Elena; Rose, Dawn; Wasley, David (Frontiers Media, 2020-10-28)Students in Higher Education report high levels of mental health issues and psychological distress. Paradoxical findings on performance-orientated students, such as athletes and musicians, suggest that the demands of ...
Fit to Perform: An Investigation of Higher Education Music Students’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Behaviors toward Health Araújo, Liliana; Wasley, David; Perkins, Rosie; Atkins, Louise; Redding, Emma; Ginsborg, Jane; Williamon, Aaron (Frontiers in Psychology, 2017-10-10)Making music at the highest international standards can be rewarding, but it is also challenging, with research highlighting pernicious ways in which practicing and performing can affect performers’ health and wellbeing. ...