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Sport Could Hold Key To Happier Welsh Nation

Keep fit 'feel good factor' revealed by new survey.

In Wales, adults who regularly participate in sport (three or more times a week) are more likely to say they have 'energy to spare' or 'feel confident' according to the national *Sport and Active Lifestyles data.

Based on responses of 10,000 adults in Wales, participation in sport is significantly associated with better physical health and mental well-being, feeling satisfied with life, reduced anxiety, happiness and people feeling satisfied with their work situation.


Findings include:


*  Adults that participate in sport '3 or more times per week' are 1.8x more likely to say they have 'energy to spare' ('often' or 'all of the time').
*  Adults that participate in sport '3 or more times per week' are 1.5x more likely to say they 'feel cheerful' ('often' or 'all of the time').
*  Adults that participate in sport '3 or more times per week' are 1.5x more likely to say they have 'feel good about themselves' ('often' or 'all of the time'). 
*  Adults that participate in sport '3 or more times per week' are 1.4x more likely to say they 'feel optimistic' ('often' or 'all of the time').
*   Adults that participate in sport '3 or more times per week' are 1.4x more likely to say they 'feel confident ('often' or 'all of the time').

The statistics are the first time sport, public health and other national data have been collected side-by-side as part of the National Survey for Wales. 

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, Wales often lags behind the rest of the UK in term of levels of happiness.

"Those of us who love sport, and participate regularly, know the huge positive difference it makes to our lives," said Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell.

"Everyone in Wales should have the opportunity to benefit in the same way. What we need to focus on now is breaking down the barriers to sport and physical recreation for those people that are not yet benefiting. Once we start tackling those issues then we can start to unlock a really healthy future for Wales.

"That's why we're asking the people of Wales to help us shape Welsh sport and tell us exactly what is needed to get all our communities more active.

"We need to work with people to remove the barriers to participation and better understand some of the motivating factors to get involved, such as time, cost and social benefits."

 

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