Physical Activity and its Effects on Physical Health and Mental Health of College Students
Background: There is a lot of previous research on physical activity and the benefits that come with it. Most of the research conducted yields some sort of positive results from physical activity. However, there is a scarce amount of research done on physical activity’s effect on physical and mental health in college students.
Purpose: This study aimed to determine if there was a positive correlation between physical activity and health of college students, specifically mental health and physical health.
Participants and Setting:
- 100 Chinese college students at Fudan University voluntarily participated in this study.
Participants completed the following outcome measures:
- Health Behavior Survey (Chinese Version): Survey about health behaviors. Focused on the physical and mental health sections of the survey. Each sub-scale contains 5-6 items anchored with 5-point rating scales.
- Objectively measured physical activity and sleep: The 100 participants wore the ActiGraph Activity Monitor (wBT3x-BT) for 7 consecutive days from the first day at 8:00 AM and the 8th day at 8:00 AM (Monday to Monday, Tuesday to Tuesday, etc.)
Results: There was a statistical significance between the difference in Daily Average Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) Minutes between quartiles, but not between Daily Average MVPA Minutes and physical and mental health
Conclusion: There is no relationship between MVPA and physical and mental health.
UROP student: Scott Feldpausch Jr.