Exercise Linked to Feeling Fulfilled in Life

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The Japan Sports Agency recently conducted a survey involving over 56,000 participants to explore the relationship between regular exercise and the perceived sense of fulfillment among middle-aged and older individuals. Carried out between May and October 2022, the survey collected data on participants' weekly exercise frequency and duration, as well as their subjective assessment of life fulfillment.

The analysis focused on the connection between exercise patterns and the sense of fulfillment in adults in their 40s and those in their 70s. The results revealed a notable correlation between regular exercise and an elevated sense of fulfillment. Among men in their 40s who engaged in at least one hour of exercise three days a week or more, 42% reported feeling fulfilled in life. In contrast, a mere 18% of men in the same age group who infrequently exercised expressed a sense of fulfillment. Comparable patterns were observed among women in their 40s.

For individuals in their 70s, the positive trend persisted. Approximately 47% of exercising men and 45% of exercising women reported experiencing a heightened sense of fulfillment. Notably, even among those in their 70s who did not engage in regular exercise, a substantial level of fulfillment was reported — 30% for men and 26% for women.

While the survey did not definitively establish a causal relationship between exercise and a sense of fulfillment, co-researcher Noriko Sekine from the Open University of Tokyo proposed a reciprocal association between the two. This suggests that while exercise may contribute to a heightened sense of fulfillment, individuals with a greater sense of fulfillment may be more inclined to engage in regular physical activity. Regardless of the direction of causality, the study implies that integrating regular exercise into one's lifestyle may play a role in fostering a more fulfilled life.


1- What was the focus of the Japan Sports Agency's survey involving over 56,000 participants?

2- What percentage of men in their 40s reported feeling fulfilled when engaging in at least one hour of exercise three days a week or more?

3- According to Noriko Sekine, what does the survey not definitively establish regarding exercise and fulfillment?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.