Ryan Lilly

Physical Exercise and Mental Well-being in College Students: An Exploratory Study

The purpose of this study was to measure the relationships between mental well-being and physical exercise, including different factors such as amount of time spent exercising, location of exercise, type of exercise, and number of days spent exercising in a week. By examining the relationship between the mind and body, we can help provide treatment and find precautionary measures to increase resiliency to poor mental well-being in college students. The Lilly Health Survey (LHS) was used to measure college students' (n=40) mental well-being and the different facets of exercising. Results show that the more days spent exercising the higher each participant's mental well-being. A direction for future research could include an experimental methodology to test the benefits of physical exercise on mental well-being.