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Health or Happiness? What Is the Impact of Physical Activity on the Individual?

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  • Simona Rasciute,

    1. Department of Economics Loughborough University Leicestershire LE11 3TU +44 (0)1509 223620
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  • Paul Downward

    1. Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU +44 (0)1509 226365
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    • 1Simona Rasciute: Department of Economics Loughborough University Leicestershire LE11 3TU +44 (0)1509 223620 s.rasciute@lboro.ac.uk Paul Downward: Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU +44 (0)1509 226365 p.downward@lboro.ac.uk


SUMMARY

This paper models the effect that physical activity such as sports participation and active travel, through walking and cycling, has on self-reported health and well-being. The results show that physical activity and active travel mainly have a positive effect on both individual health and well-being. Although, cycling has health benefits, it also appears to involve some disutility, which requires further investigation.

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