The Impact of Physical Activity on Positive Psychology
Background: In the past, the relationships between physical activity, health, and wellbeing of college students have not be fully determined. In order to effectively address the issue of collegiate student health, more research needs to be conducted to determine the impacts of physical activity on student wellbeing.
- Data Sources: Literature search included the compilation of 175+ articles from scholarly databases. Each student was assigned a subtopic with key words to include when searching for relevant articles. My specific study included words such as “physical activity” and “exercise,” and “college students,” “positive psychology,” sleep,” and “hope”. In addition to the literature review, a sample of 100 college students at a Chinese University took part in a study that had them wear ActiGraph Monitors that recorded PA levels. They also took part in several surveys that measured relative hope levels, curiosity and exploration, gratitude, life satisfaction, and subjective happiness.
- Data Analysis: Of the collected articles from the select databases, several were reviewed and outlined in summary notes. A summary note template was used in analyzing the sources, with five categories: study citation, research purpose, participants, study design, outcome measures, and key results. Each aspect of the data collected from the ActiGraph monitors was analyzed with SPSS for significant relationships or correlations. The surveys were recorded based on a five-point and seven-point reading scale. Each survey on personal attributes yielded information on the relationships between each personal quality and its relationship with MVPA.
Results: Based on preliminary summary note findings, a positive correlation should be observed between physical activity and positive personal quality. Despite this initial hypothesis, the data from the Chinese University students yielded an insignificant relationship between MVPA and personal attributes. This data is surprising, further research needs to be conducted in order to accurately define the relationship between positive personal qualities and various intensities of physical activity.
Conclusion: The inconclusive evidence on the relationships between physical activity and personal quality demonstrate a significant need for further research. In addition to the data, a relationship between the combination of adequate MVPA and attributes lead to a higher sleep efficiency, while this was one of the only significant relationships found in this study, it is vital that research be conducted in order to precisely determine the relation between each healthy lifestyle aspect.
UROP student: Olivia Bachteal