Active Students Enjoy Better Mental Health and are Less Likely to Feel Lonely, According to New Research.

Created 15 days ago, updated 15 days ago

A new study of college students from not-for-profit health body ukactive and AoC Sport has found that physical activity could be a major tool in battling rising levels of loneliness among younger people, with active students 21% less likely to report feeling lonely all the time.

The research also found a raft of additional mental health benefits for students who regularly exercise: active students rated their life satisfaction significantly higher than less active students, while also reporting higher levels of happiness, increased perception of social inclusion and higher grade expectations. The report, entitled ‘British Active Students Survey: Further Education’ and delivered in partnership with Matrix Fitness and Sport England, surveyed 3,661 college students (aged 16 and over) on their physical activity levels, as well as various measures of mental wellbeing.