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Enhancing our understanding of physical activity and wellbeing with a lifespan perspective

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Amanda RebarAmanda Rebar, J Maher, S Elavsky
Physical activity might be a viable tool for enhancing mental wellbeing because, in general, physical activity has been found to be related to more positive affect and higher satisfaction with life. The way we think, feel, and act changes with age, so it may be that physical activity, wellbeing, and the link between physical activity and wellbeing change with age too. Without consideration for developmental changes, study findings are decontextualized and difficult to translate into people’s lives. Aiming to become better equipped to use physical activity as a tool to intervene with wellbeing, we explored a lifespan perspective of physical activity and wellbeing. In this review, we (1) discuss physical activity, wellbeing, and the link between physical activity and wellbeing at different life stages, (2) highlight the need to consider interpersonal and intrapersonal differences in these constructs, and (3) identify gaps in the literature that, if filled, would further enhance our understanding of physical activity and wellbeing across the lifespan.

History

Volume

3

Issue

1

Start Page

98

End Page

115

Number of Pages

18

ISSN

1179-8602

Location

Waterloo, NZ

Publisher

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Pennsylvania State University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of wellbeing.