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Researchers found exercise supports university students in achieving better academic results

Vince Mayne British Universities and Colleges Sport: CEO The mental wellbeing of students is one of the most serious challenges for universities, as both demand for mental health services and suicide numbers are increasing. Universities UK has recognised that higher education institutions need to tackle this issue and the launch of the #stepchange initiative calls for leaders to adopt the promotion of good mental health as a strategic imperative. We recently carried out a piece of research – The British Active Students Survey – which established the value of sport and physical activity in terms of mental wellbeing. Our research discovered that students who are more active, through either playing sport, or going to the gym, have better scores on a host of positive measures that contribute to a strong mindset and confidence, including mental wellbeing, perceptions of attainment

“Kings University College runs an active wellness scheme that enables students to be prescribed exercise for mental health issues”

and employability and feelings of social inclusion and community. Students who went to the gym and played sport scored the highest and we also found that the more active they were, the better their all round mental wellbeing score. Our online society has created a culture of FOMO (fear of missing out), negativity and social isolation in many people, which can be countered by being a member of a gym. Higher levels of physical activity were also found to engender confi dence in achieving academic success: the ability to get a good degree and job after graduating is essential in building selfconfi dence and impacts students’ drive to perform well in their academic work. Many universities are doing more to promote good mental wellbeing among students. Kings University College runs an Active Wellness Scheme that enables students to be prescribed exercise for mental health issues and the University of Nottingham is working on a programme to tackle the stigma associated with men’s mental health. ●

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Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.