Results are in for the 2021 Balancing Life survey! This year, 1055 staff and students took part in Sport and Physical Activity’s annual survey which gains insight into the physical activity and wellbeing levels of our University community – a big thank you to everyone who completed this!
Last year’s results found that the pandemic had a significant impact on physical activity and wellbeing levels, with a drop from 75% of staff and students being physically active, to 57%. This year’s results show that physical activity and wellbeing levels are back on the up, and although things aren’t as they were pre-pandemic, things are looking positive and on the right trajectory.
Results found that 67% of the campus are physically active (as per NHS / WHO guidelines), which is up by 10% from last year. As well as this, wellbeing levels – measured using the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale – are up from 19.98 to 21.31. The survey consistently finds positive correlations between physical activity and mental wellbeing, and this year is no different, with results finding higher wellbeing scores amongst those classed as ‘active’ compared to those classed as ‘inactive’.
Beth Fadden, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Manager said:
“It is great to see physical activity and wellbeing levels back on the rise and the University community beginning to recover from what has been a tough year or so. As a service, we have worked hard to ensure there have been a variety of opportunities and interventions available to support staff and student wellbeing during these remote and virtual times. This survey plays an important part in helping shape our approach and future initiatives so a big thank you to everyone who took part in this.
Check out the full results on our Balancing Life webpage.