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Mental Well-Being Linked to Active Physical Lifestyle in Midlife

According to Dr. Kekäläinen, exercise is crucial for mental well-being and health.

A person’s mental well-being is evaluated through three dimensions: psychological, emotional, and social well-being. In this, psychological well-being refers to the purpose of life and experience of personal growth. Emotional well-being refers to overall satisfaction with life tend to have positive feelings. Social well-being indicates relationships with other people and the community. According to Dr. Tiia Kekäläinen from Gerontology Research Center and Faculty of Sport and Health Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, mental well-being is an important resource for maintaining a physically active lifestyle in midlife.

During the investigation of various free time physical activities, it was revealed that different activities are related to dimensions of well-being in 50-year-old men and women. “Although exercise did not predict later mental well-being or subjective health in this study, exercise is important for current mental well-being and health,” says Kekäläinen. “It is possible that rambling in nature means different things for men and women. For example, it correlated with the frequency of vigorous exercise only among men,” she added.

The data gathered at ages 42 and 50 by questionnaires and interviews for Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS) were used. That being said, it is quite clear that mental well-being is associated with an active physical lifestyle in midlife. Through these studies, it will help the physicians, doctors, and nutritionists to advise concerned patients better. Moreover, such a finding could help to reduce chronicle diseases such as high blood pressure, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.