What: Penn State researchers recruited two groups of college students and set out to examine the influence of physical activity on satisfaction with life among emerging adults ages 18 to 25 years. The study consisted of a total of 253 individuals, with the first group of 190 students entering information into a diary for eight days and the second group of 63 students entering information into a website for 14 days. Both groups answered questions aimed at determining participants’ satisfaction with life, physical activity and self-esteem.
Results: According to Jaclyn Maher of Penn State the study “found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”
So What: In previous studies exercise has been proven to boost and improve mood making the subjects response less surprising. If you find yourself in a state of constant anxiety and stress then exercising more than usual, or beginning an exercise program, can be helpful. According to David Conroy, professor of kinesiology. “Based on these findings, we recommend that people exercise a little longer or a little harder than usual as a way to boost satisfaction with life.”