Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations

Wicker P, Frick B (2017)
Journal of Public Health 39(2): e19-e26.

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Wicker, PamelaUniBi; Frick, Bernd
Abstract / Bemerkung
Background This study examined the effect of different intensities of physical activity and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the subjective well-being (SWB) of adults in two age groups (18–64; 65+). Methods Cross-sectional survey data from 28 European countries were used for the analysis (n = 21 008). Participation intensity was measured with the number of days and minutes of light (walking), moderate and vigorous activity. Another three dummy variables reflected how the WHO guidelines were met. Two-stage least square models were estimated with life satisfaction (measuring SWB) as the dependent variable. Results For 18- to 64-year-olds, walking (minutes and days/week) and vigorous activity (minutes/week) significantly added to SWB, while moderate activity (minutes/week) had a negative effect. Individuals in both age groups meeting the guidelines only for moderate activity and those meeting the guidelines for both moderate and vigorous activity or using a combination of both reported significantly higher well-being levels compared with those not meeting the guidelines. Conclusions Physical activity recommendations aiming at improving individuals’ mental health should reconsider the inclusion of light-intensity activity, the interchangeability of moderate and vigorous activity, and the fact that more physical activity does not lead to better outcomes for all intensities and age groups.
Stichworte
intensity; physical activity; public health policy; mental health; well-being
Erscheinungsjahr
2017
Zeitschriftentitel
Journal of Public Health
Band
39
Ausgabe
2
Seite(n)
e19-e26
ISSN
1741-3842
eISSN
1741-3850
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2942640

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Wicker P, Frick B. Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations. Journal of Public Health. 2017;39(2):e19-e26.
Wicker, P., & Frick, B. (2017). Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations. Journal of Public Health, 39(2), e19-e26. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw062
Wicker, P., and Frick, B. (2017). Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations. Journal of Public Health 39, e19-e26.
Wicker, P., & Frick, B., 2017. Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations. Journal of Public Health, 39(2), p e19-e26.
P. Wicker and B. Frick, “Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations”, Journal of Public Health, vol. 39, 2017, pp. e19-e26.
Wicker, P., Frick, B.: Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations. Journal of Public Health. 39, e19-e26 (2017).
Wicker, Pamela, and Frick, Bernd. “Intensity of physical activity and subjective well-being: an empirical analysis of the WHO recommendations”. Journal of Public Health 39.2 (2017): e19-e26.

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